Obby Khan was back on the practice field yesterday, but don't expect to see him in a game for at least another month.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers centre returned to practice yesterday after missing more than a month with a viral infection. He lost 50 pounds during the ordeal but has been cleared to resume working out.
"I'm tired," Khan said yesterday after completing 75% of his first practice back. "It's not ideal weather to get back in it, but if anything it shocks the system to get it going a little faster.
"... The viral infection I had is completely gone. I got the results back last week, and that's done with. So now it's just a matter of me dealing with gaining the weight back and some other stomach problems I've got."
Khan's weight plummetted from his usual 300 pounds to 250 in just three and a half weeks. He has since put 20 pounds back on, and he needs to add another 30.
"There's only so much you can eat," Khan said. "When you lose that much weight your stomach shrinks. So instead of eating four hamburgers, I eat one hamburger and I'm full.
"So I just gotta eat a lot more hamburgers throughout the day."
Bombers head coach Doug Berry said there's a chance Khan could return to the lineup on Aug. 10 in B.C., but he's more likely to be back on Aug. 24 against the Toronto Argonauts.
ACHES AND PAINS: Kick returner Albert Johnson III dislocated a finger on his left hand yesterday, but Berry expects him to practise today.
Meanwhile, leading receiver Terrence Edwards (turf toe) missed his second straight practice and remains day-to-day.
ON STANDBY: It's possible that the Bombers 2006 rookie of the year might not have a sophomore season.
Receiver Arjei Franklin missed the first three games with an ankle sprain but now finds himself as a healthy scratch behind O'Neil Wilson and Jamie Stoddard.
When asked what it would take for Franklin to get back in the lineup, Berry said, "Right now maybe an injury."
PICK IT UP: Berry said weak-side linebacker Corey Jenkins, who leads the CFL with three forced fumbles, needs to be more consistent.
"He's very capable of making some huge plays for us, but then he'll make a bonehead play," Berry said. "So it's just a matter of his consistency and getting his game in order. He's very capable of being an outstanding player for us."
LATE HITS: The Bombers officially added DT Jabari Issa to their practice roster yesterday ... The Argos have signed RB Dominique Dorsey to their practice roster. Winnipeg traded for Dorsey in May and then cut him at the end of training camp ... The Bombers practise today at 11:10 a.m.