New start for Andrews

CFL NOTEBOOK

August 10, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

Fourteen months after he splintered his right tibia, Ricky Andrews claimed a starting job in the Baltimore CFLs' defense last week. Call it a triumph of mind over body.

"It was a major break," Andrews, a middle linebacker, said of the injury he suffered June 18, 1993, playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a preseason game. "I got leg-whipped. I broke the right tibial plateau vertically, not horizontally."

It took two screws to put the bone back together, and more than a year of rehabilitation to put his career back together. He was released by the Roughriders in early July after refusing to accept a practice-roster designation. He wanted to join his former Saskatchewan coach, Don Matthews, in Baltimore.

Andrews signed with the CFLs on July 15, made an emergency appearance at rush end on July 23 against Shreveport, and started for the first time last Saturday in Las Vegas. The man he displaced, Earnest Fields, led the team in tackles at the time.

"It has a lot to do with pass defense," Matthews said of the switch. "Ricky has a better feel for that part of the game."

Andrews made six tackles, but measured his progress in modest terms. "I'm not playing like Superman," he said. "But I didn't have too many mental mistakes."

Hamilton gets '96 Cup

As expected, the CFL awarded the 1996 Grey Cup game to Hamilton yesterday. Today, commissioner Larry Smith will be at Memorial Stadium for a 2 p.m. news conference to award the 1997 championship game to Baltimore.

To get the Grey Cup, the city of Hamilton pledged a $6 million renovation of Ivor Wynne Stadium and made a commitment to keep the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton through the 1996 season.

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