THE CANADIAN PRESS
VANCOUVER -- Arland Bruce III wants to show he can keep his head in the game when he returns to B.C. Lions' receiving corps just in time for the CFL Western Final.
Concentration is not usually a problem for the sure-handed B.C. Lions slotback, but that changed somewhat after he suffered a concussion in September against Saskatchewan that kept him sidelined for five games.
Now he says he's fit and he will suit up Sunday as the Lions host the Calgary Stampeders for the right to play in the Grey Cup.
"I've been ready for about two weeks now,'' said Bruce as the Lions convened for a meeting at their Surrey, B.C., practice facility Monday. "So I'm looking forward to this opportunity to get back on the field with my troops and getting back to Toronto (for the Grey Cup.)''
Bruce was injured Sept. 29 as his helmet hit the turf in Regina following a collision with Roughriders defensive back Milt Collins. Bruce did not attend a home game the following weekend against the Stampeders because noise and bright lights bothered him.
Now he is looking forward to making up for two games that he missed against Calgary during the regular season, including a humiliating 41-21 setback on Oct. 26.
The 34-year-old Kansas City, Kan., native took a cautious approach with his recovery from his first career head injury.
"You have to take it seriously, man, because only you know, going through a concussion, how you really feel and if you can really function and comprehend what's going on,'' Bruce said. "I have been in a situation where I thought I had cracked ribs. I said I'm okay and played through it. But you're dealing with your head and the things that help you function.''