Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Calgary Dino Linden Gaydosh Anxious to Resume Playing Football

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Calgary Dino Linden Gaydosh Anxious to Resume Playing Football

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Gaydosh anxious to resume playing football

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Patience is not exactly Linden Gaydosh's forte.

The six-foot-four, 305-pound defensive lineman says he's "going stir crazy" dealing with the uncertainty that is his fledgling pro football career. Gaydosh, taken first overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in last year's CFL draft, was released Sunday by the Carolina Panthers and will wait for the NFL's final cutdown this weekend to see if he can land a practice-roster spot with another team.

If not, then the 23-year-old native of Peace River, Alta., will gladly sign with the Ticats.

"I've had nothing to do for the last four days, I'm going stir crazy walking around trying to find something to keep me busy," he said via telephone Wednesday from Charlotte, N.C. "I just want to know where I'll be.

"It's the indecision I don't like."

And then there's the matter of trying to pass the time getting a decent workout at the gym in his apartment complex.

"It's kind of depressing considering what I just had a few days ago," Gaydosh said with a chuckle. "I think the heaviest dumbbell here is 60 pounds.

"It's not quite in my weight range."

Gaydosh was indeed a heavyweight during his collegiate career with the Calgary Dinos. He was Canadian university football's top rookie in 2009 and helped Calgary reach the 2010 Vanier Cup, earning defensive MVP honours after returning an interception 20 yards for a TD in the team's 56-3 Hardy Cup win over Alberta.

After receiving second-team All-Canadian honours in 2011, Gaydosh earned a second straight Canada West all-star nod and finished as the third-ranked prospect for the 2013 CFL draft but was taken first overall following an outstanding performance at the league's annual evaluation camp.

Less than a week after the draft, Gaydosh signed as a free agent with Carolina. But he spent his rookie NFL season on injured reserve after undergoing surgery for a herniated disc in his back suffered while performing a conditioning drill.

Gaydosh went under the knife in August 2013 and wasn't cleared medically until Jan. 14. He said his back stood up just fine to the rigours of pre-season workouts and early stages of training camp before torn ligaments in his left foot forced Gaydosh to miss all three of Carolina's exhibition games. …

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