CALGARY — After 16 weeks on the injured list, Brandon’s Chris Bauman is getting close to returning to the lineup for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.
The 29-year-old receiver, a graduate of Brandon’s Vincent Massey Vikings, suffered a broken wrist after getting off to a strong start in training camp and finally returned to practice this week. On Friday, Bauman was listed on the Stampeders’ 46-man roster in advance of today’s clash with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5:30 p.m., TSN), although only 42 players will be activated for the game.
“The wrist feels great,” Bauman told Rita Mingo of the Calgary Herald earlier this week. “Had a bit of contact today. Just trying to make up for some lost time, get out there and get conditioned.”
“I’ve never gone through anything like this,” he added. “Sixteen weeks is a long time and it’s a frustrating injury. I just tried to keep myself in the best shape I could so that when I was cleared to practise, I’d just go out there and not waste any more time.”
The former first overall pick in the 2007 CFL draft by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Bauman played four seasons in Hamilton and one in Edmonton before signing with Calgary last season, when he caught 16 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown.
Stampeders head coach/GM John Hufnagel likes what he has seen from Bauman this week after his long layoff.
“It looked good seeing him running around out there and catching some balls,” Hufnagel told Scott Fisher of the Calgary Sun this week. “It seems like he’s in good shape.”
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 5, 2013