Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veteran Receiver Nick Moore Back with B.C. Lions after 'Fluke' Injury

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veteran Receiver Nick Moore Back with B.C. Lions after 'Fluke' Injury

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Moore back with Lions after 'fluke' injury

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Nick Moore got behind the coverage with ease on a slick corner route, fighting off the glare of the setting sun to haul in his first touchdown of 2016.

On his way back to the bench, the veteran B.C. Lions receiver spied teammate Loucheiz Purifoy, and in the excitement of the moment, the two leapt in the air to lightly bump shoulders in celebration.

Purifoy landed on his feet. Moore crumpled to the turf. And the euphoria of that 30-yard TD in Regina last July, one that gave his team the lead over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, was gone in an instant.

Moore had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was done for the season. At 30 years old in a profession as unforgiving as football, it could have also meant lights out on his career.

"It was frustrating the way that it happened, obviously," said Moore, who had also caught a 52-yard pass earlier in the game. "But you can't change what you can't control."

What he could control, however, was his desire to get back on the field. Moore rehabbed hard back home in Tampa, Fla., and was medically cleared to play 7 1/2 months after surgery before signing a deal to return to the Lions.

"I feel great. It's been a long year for me," Moore said after a recent training camp practice at Thompson Rivers University. "Coming out here on the first day, there were some nerves, to be honest.

"But after a couple of plays the nerves left and I felt like the old me."

Moore's CFL career started in 2011 with B.C. before a breakout 2013 campaign where he registered 73 catches for 1,105 yards and six touchdowns.

That earned him a two-year deal from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in free agency, but his stay there was marked by injuries in 2014 before a bounce-back showing of 76 receptions for 899 yards and four TDs in 2015.

Once again on the open market the following winter, the native of Westerville, Ohio, a suburb outside Columbus, decided on a West Coast return to reunite with Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings, who went to his high school and is six years his junior.

Moore, who turns 31 at the end of the month, got off to a great start in his second stint with B. …

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