All-star kick returner Dominique Dorsey has rejoined the Toronto Argonauts after a short stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins.
The move adds to Toronto’s momentum after a 25-22 overtime victory against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last Friday, snapping a 10-game losing streak for the Boatmen at their Rogers Centre home.
“Coming off that win last weekend was great,” said Dorsey at Tuesday’s Argo practice. “It was like we won the big one.”
The Canadian Football League’s special teams player of 2008, Dorsey was cut by the Washington Redskins last week after playing in four preseason games.
Dorsey recorded a CFL-best 2,892 all-purpose yards last season, despite missing the final five games of the campaign.
“We’re very excited,” said Argos head coach Bart Andrus. “It’s always good to have a player come back.”
After 10 games Toronto’s special teams have accumulated 1,481 yards on kick and punt returns, with no touchdowns.
Running back Andre Durie has done the lion’s share of kick-returning, with 443 yards on 17 tries. Cornerback Will Poole’s 100 yards of punt returns leads the Argos.
“It’ll be interesting to see how our return teams pick up now,” Andrus said.
Dorsey will also add a new dimension to an Argonauts ground attack that has relied on tailback Jamal Robertson.
Toronto’s incumbent running back has 654 yards and six touchdowns, the only rushing scores for the Boatmen this year.
Dorsey ran for 410 yards and two majors in 64 attempts a year ago. In preseason football he gained 79 yards for the Redskins and had a touchdown.
The Argonauts had room on their roster for the American import after releasing Jarrett Payton, who had one return for Toronto for 13 yards, rushed for 10 yards, and caught seven receptions for 37 yards.
Dorsey’s first game is expected to be this Saturday night in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions.
With files from the Canadian Press.