Hamstrings are annoying.
That’s something football players have learned again and again.
A pulled hamstring doesn’t seem like the most serious injury in the world, but when your job involves sprinting at full speed and making hard cuts, a hamstring injury can seriously get in the way.
And they don’t heal in a predictable way, either.
That’s something Kamar Jorden has had to deal with a few times in his career, most recently over the last month or so.
He picked up a hamstring injury early in the Calgary Stampeders’ Sept. 17 game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It wasn’t expected to keep him out long, but Jorden has only slowly been able to ramp up his work in practice over the last week or so. His first full practice came Thursday.
“Hamstring has been an issue for me throughout my career. I don’t know if it’s the way I run or something like that, but it has,” Jorden said Thursday. “Kinda got some experience with how to work it and things to get it stronger.
“I’ve been working a lot and getting it stronger so that when I do come back and really burst and really get going and really get running, it’s all good to go.”
Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson couldn’t commit fully to having Jorden back in the starting lineup for Saturday’s pivotal game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but the team would definitely like him back as soon as possible.
Jorden was leading the CFL in receiving yards when he got hurt, with 539. That’s still good for the seventh-best total in the league, even though he’s missed the last three games and most of the Ticats matchup.
So yes, he’s someone the Stamps want back, but they are committed to not re-inserting Jorden into the lineup until there’s no risk of him re-aggravating the injury.
“We talked last night and I said, ‘If you go out tomorrow and get your first full day, I’ll give you a chance’ and that’s where I’m at with it,” Dickenson said. “He did do stuff yesterday, but it was scout-team.
“I want to let KJ, now that he’s done one full day, tell me how he feels tomorrow and let me make that call.”
There’s a stomach bug going around the Stampeders locker-room. Fortunately, it’s not COVID-19 related, but it’s still making life hard for a couple Stampeders.
Josh Huff missed last weekend’s big win over the B.C. Lions because of the illness, while Ucambre Williams has been sick all week and missed all three Stampeders practices.
Dickenson said Williams is feeling better, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to be included on the depth chart for Saturday’s game against the Riders when it’s revealed Friday morning.
“He is (feeling better) but if you have any symptoms in today’s world you’re not supposed to be around,” Dickenson said. “It’s a stomach bug right now we’re dealing with as a team. We have had multiple guys not participate for illness, we lost Josh last week because of that. It’s not COVID-related at this point, that obviously seems to be the word that gets everyone fired up, but I’m not sure I can play Ucambre if he hasn’t practised, which he hasn’t. I’ve gotta get together with (offensive coordinator and o-line coach) Pat DelMonaco and we’ve really gotta put the best lineup on the field. We’re playing a team that has a great d-line, so we’ll see what we can do.”
The Stampeders are unclear on if there was one single place of origin for the stomach bug.
With Williams out again on Thursday, Julian Good-Jones took reps as the Stamps’ starting left-tackle. He’s been on the six-game injured list but started the season at right-tackle.
A LITTLE LOVE
In his media availability Wednesday, Dickenson called Bo Levi Mitchell the best quarterback in Stampeders history, but included a tip of a hat to Doug Flutie.
There can be all sorts of debate about who the best-ever Stamps QB actually is, but Flutie took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to let Dickenson know he agreed with his assessment.
“No hard feelings brotha,” Flutie wrote. “Bo is that guy.”
With two completions on Saturday night, Mitchell can pass Henry Burris and set an all-time franchise record. Burris threw 2,267 completions, while Mitchell has thrown 2,266.