VANCOUVER - Well, that didn’t take long. A few days of practice, and Stefan Logan is headed for Regina with the B.C. Lions, on the roster for Saturday’s meeting with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
“Oh yes, he’s on,” said head coach Mike Benevides, after the Lions’ one-time (and perhaps future) star took all the first-team snaps Thursday while regular tailback Andrew Harris took the day off to rest.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the fleet-footed, 5-foot-6 Logan, who hasn’t played a game since late December, 2012, when he was with the Detroit Lions, will start at running back ahead of Harris.
“No, it was basically about getting rest for (Harris). He was pretty sore and he needed some rest, because I need all his energy on Saturday,” said the coach. “And the other thing is give Stef some limited reps -- because today is a short day -- and give him an extra 10-15 plays so he could get acclimated into the offence.
“My expectation is clear. We’ll see at the beginning of the game how he responds to the repetitions, see how he feels and how his body holds up. Ultimately, this game is going to be won in the air. He’s got outstanding ability, so my expectation is: when you’ve got a chance to make a play, make a play. We’ll see how he handles the speed of the game and momentum and the fact that he hasn’t played in a while.”
Benevides admitted Logan hasn’t had enough time to absorb all the plays.
“He’s been pretty honest with me. I don’t anticipate that he’ll be able to do it all.”
THE BELL TOLLS -- Defensive halfback Joshua Bell is still suffering “flu-like symptoms” and was sent home by the team Thursday, but his equipment left on the team truck to Regina, and Benevides is still hopeful he can play.
If he can’t, Benevides said he’d likely be replaced by Cameron Chism, “because he’s been with us longer than the other secondary guys. It’s a combination of either Cameron or Lin-J (Shell), who’s already on the roster. But on the flip side, I got (non-import) Keynan Parker a lot of work, too, just to see how it is on the roster if one’s healthy, one’s not. A lot of juggling to be done in the next 24 hours.”
Benevides said the flu “is going around like crazy on our squad right now.”
BELL TOLLS II -- Angus Reid isn’t looking on his impending back surgery as the end of the line after 13 CFL seasons, but the 37-year-old centre, who hasn’t played a down all season, admits the possibility exists.
“You kind of have two sides to the decision. One is, maybe this is a sign that I’ve gone far enough with my body,” he said. “But, I get the surgery -- and word is I should be completely fine; it’s not like rebuilding a knee or shoulder, you’re just trimming off disks, so the nerve pain’s gone, and you’re good to go.
“So, does that mean we’ll go again? I don’t know. I have to get this done, and I can’t think too far ahead, because then you’re chasing reindeers and your mind goes crazy on things that aren’t there yet.
“I want to get the surgery, recover, rehab, see where I’m at, and THEN you gotta look and see: is there a need for me to play any more? It’s not only up to me, it’s got to also be an opportunity and a need. Those are things I can’t look at now.
“It’s obviously not the way you’d want to end a career, but ... you never know.”
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