from the scratching post
Running back Chevon Walker missed practice on Sunday with a lower body injured and while veteran Avon Cobourne thinks he'll be the starter if Walker can't go Thursday in Montreal, he isn't taking anything for granted.
“I'm assuming that I'm playing but you know what happens when you assume,? Cobourne said. “You end up on the bench watching the game on TV.?
Cobourne rejoined the Ticats a week into training camp after the man signed to replace him, former B.C. Lion Martell Mallett, was lost for the season with an Achilles tear. The 33-year-old Cobourne had already established the beginnings a post-football life in Florida – he was selling insurance – but was lured back despite not having gone through his typical off-season workout regimen.
Still, as a veteran coming off a strong 2011 campaign, he expected to be the starting tailback when the season opened on June 29. Instead, he saw the job given to rookie Chevon Walker, whose blazing speed and big play ability has been on display through much of the first seven weeks.
“I didn't come up here to not play but it turned into my role and I took it on, 100 per cent,? Cobourne said.
But Walker was hurt last Thursday against the Bombers and may not be ready to face the Alouettes. In practice on Sunday, Cobourne split first team reps with rookie Brandon Rutley, who was signed two weeks ago.
Head coach George Cortez said Walker may be ready to play in Montreal and that the team hasn't made a final decision regarding his possible replacement.
“We're looking at both guys but more than likely it will be Avon. We'll see how the week goes,? Cortez said.