Stamps head to Hammer with re­in­force­ments

Re­ceiver Jor­den set to re­turn against Tiger-Cats Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 2017

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - BOOKS - Car­los os­o­rio/TorsTar News ser­viCe The Cana­dian PRess

Ka­mar Jor­den has the chance to re­sume his break­out CFL sea­son in time for the play­offs.

The Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers re­ceiver was tied for the league lead in touch­downs after Week 4 with four in the air and one on the ground.

With 474 re­ceiv­ing yards in his first six games, Jor­den was on pace for well over 1,000 this sea­son.

But he in­jured a me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in his knee dur­ing Cal­gary’s 60-1 blowout of the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats on July 29.

Ten weeks later, the six-foot­three, 203-pound slot­back re­turns to the lineup for Fri­day’s re­match in Hamil­ton.

“It def­i­nitely took a lit­tle longer,’’ Jor­den said Wed­nes­day. “Def­i­nitely frus­trat­ing, but at the end of the day, I just fo­cused on com­ing back for the play­offs and be­ing able to help my team at the end of the year.

“I wanted to make sure when I did come back, I would be able to pro­duce and make plays and not just be out there limp­ing around.’’

Cal­gary (12-1-1) has al­ready se­cured a home play­off date. The Tiger-Cats (4-10) have gone 4-2 in the six games since June Jones took over as head coach.

The Stam­ped­ers, who are com­ing off a bye week, could lock up the West Division with both a win in Hamil­ton and a Win­nipeg Blue Bombers loss to the B.C. Li­ons on Satur­day.

Wide­out Le­mar Du­rant (knee) fol­lowed Jor­den onto the sixgame in­jured list in Au­gust.

A third start­ing re­ceiver DaVaris Daniels (knee) has been side­lined for three games. The CFL’s rookie of the year last sea­son is a maybe for Fri­day.

Cal­gary’s pass­ing game has been ser­vice­able in their ab­sence, but not spec­tac­u­lar.

The Stam­ped­ers rank sev­enth in the league in pass­ing yards (4,153).

“I think we’ve been not quite as dy­namic this year,’’ Cal­gary head coach Dave Dick­en­son said. “We’re fight­ing it a lit­tle bit.

“Say what you will about los­ing Le­mar Du­rant as well, I thought he was hav­ing some big pro­duc­tion early. So when we lost three guys, the other guys have stepped up, but it took awhile.’’

Signed to Cal­gary’s prac­tice ros­ter in 2013, Jor­den was en­joy­ing the spot­light and re­spon­si­bil­ity that goes with be­ing a starter this sea­son.

“At the be­gin­ning of the in­jury, the first cou­ple weeks, I guess I could say I was a lit­tle self­ish,’’ he said.

“I really wanted to come back and just put up num­bers. I’d been here a long time and it felt good to ac­tu­ally be out there pro­duc­ing, hear­ing my name called and stuff like that. It was a good feel­ing after putting in so much work.

“But as time went on, I really started to un­der­stand that it was really about the team. We’re in a po­si­tion where we could get the best record in the CFL, we can go and get back in the Grey Cup and do what we didn’t do last year.

“There’s a lot to ac­com­plish. I know me be­ing healthy is the best way to help the team.’’

League rush­ing leader Jerome Mes­sam also re­turns to the lineup after sit­ting out Cal­gary’s 5911 win over Mon­treal in Week 15 be­cause of a neck in­jury.

Ka­mar Jor­den missed over two months with a knee in­jury.

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