EDMONTON -- Once seen as the odd-man out in Edmonton, Cory Boyd now appears to be the perfect fit in the Green and Gold run game.
Sunday, the club announced that it has re-signed the 27-year-old tailback, who was released by the team just nine days ago.
“We are unsure of Hugh Charles' availability due to the injury he sustained in Friday’s game. As a precaution, we are bringing in Cory who already knows our system,” says Eskimo Head Coach Kavis Reed.
Boyd initially joined the Eskimos after being surprisingly cut loose by the Toronto Argonauts in mid-August.
Shortly after he joined the Esks, the team announced that last season's Most Outstanding Canadian, Jerome Messam, would be returning to the club following a failed attempt at cracking a roster South of the Border. Messam's return made things complicated in a crowded Esks backfield, one that wasn't able to function with a three-headed monster that also included Charles.
However, an injury sustained by Charles in Friday night's loss to the BC Lions has opened the door for Boyd to make his return, one that is likely to occur when the team travels to Montreal to take on the Alouettes in Week 18.
While the news is good for Boyd, the same can't be said for Charles, who was enjoying a breakout campaign in his first full season in Edmonton.
“I don’t know, just that I got my knee hit when I was blocking and … it’s sore right now,” Charles said. “Whenever you’re in a position trying to block and all that pressure’s coming, you can’t really look out for yourself with these guys flying everywhere.”
Charles was well on his way to surpassing the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time in his career, having compiled 887 yards with just two games left in the season.
Boyd, meanwhile, hopes that his second tour in Alberta's capital is a more successful one than his first, as he ran for just 76 yards on 18 carries in four games.
More to come...
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