Dave Dickenson says he’d like to play against Montreal next week, but I just don’t see it happening. Dickenson is back on the field going through limited drills, and could dress against the Alouettes as the #3 quarterback. Concussion expert Dr Karen Johnston made it clear that Dickenson must recover completely from this latest setback or he’ll be a one-hit wonder when he returns to action. Given the injury plagued season his backup, Buck Pierce, has endured,
Dickenson can’t afford a rush in judgment both for the sake of the season and his career.
• Former Lions’ pivot Casey Printers appears to have improved dramatically over the course of a year with the Kansas City Chiefs. Spending a year learning the offense has paid off for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player circa 2004, and he looks much more comfortable and confident thus far in the preseason. Head coach Herman Edwards is very impressed with his development. With an aging Damon Huard and an equally inexperienced Brodie Croyle ahead of him on the depth chart, it’s not a stretch to think that Printers could be on the field at some point this season. But don’t expect to hear him calling any Vancouver talk shows any time soon. Printers remains wary of the market that seemed to provide as many enemies as allies. Speaking with him on the phone this week, Printers told me he still loves Vancity (and visits a couple of times a year), but wants to focus on football and avoid any potential controversy.
• While a number of them chose to disparage the city, apparently not all of the Grizzlies despised Vancouver. Shareef Abdur-Rahim and I happened to eat dinner at the same downtown restaurant on Wednesday night, as he broke bread with former Grizz Assistant GM Noah Croom. Sadly, Big Country was not on hand.
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