Kory Sheets' pro football comeback will begin with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.
The Alouettes confirmed in a text message to RodPedersen.com on Tuesday that they are expecting Sheets - the MVP of the 2013 Grey Cup - to participate in their spring minicamp beginning Wednesday at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, FL.
Sheets hasn't played football since August of 2014 when he ruptured an Achilles tendon while playing for the Oakland Raiders in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. He received an injury settlement and spent over a year rehabbing the injury.
However the 31-year old Tampa Bay, FL product has deemed himself fit to return to the field and has hinted in recent days on his Twitter account that he'll be in camp with the Alouettes.
The Purdue grad spent 2009-2011 in the NFL with San Francisco, Miami and Carolina before joining the Saskatchewan Roughriders for 2012 and 2013. His 197 yards rushing in the 2013 Grey Cup game were a CFL record and earned him MVP honours.
However Sheets comes with a checkered past. In fact a "Google Image" search turns up various photos from his brushes with the law and other transgressions. To his credit, he's always faced the music.
The Roughriders reportedly considered bringing Sheets into one of their free agent workouts this off-season however subsequent background checks scared them off.
The Alouettes, however, are undaunted and are at least willing to give Sheets a look in Florida this weekend.
We wish him well. He's been nothing but engaging and accomodating in our dealings in the past and perhaps he's ready for a new lease on life.