Frank won't answer the bell

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI --

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Sitting in the dressing room with a big bag of ice strapped to his sore shoulder, Malcolm Frank looks more like a hunchback than a cornerback.

Now the shoulder has deteriorated from sore to injured and he won't be answering the bell in Calgary.

"It's just getting weaker and weaker,'' said Frank, who's been playing hurt since getting banged up against Hamilton four games ago.

"It's been getting worse and worse. The main thing is it's just weak. I can't really fight off a block or make a good aggressive play.

"So it becomes a case of are you going to help the team or hurt the team.''

Rather than take that chance, he'll sit out, meaning Tay Cody, who's had a few nice picks in practice this week, will step in.

"I'm hoping some rest will help, but you can't tell,'' said Frank.

"I don't know, we'll just have to play it by ear and see where it goes from here, but this is a tough one to miss.''

Elsewhere on the roster front, tailback Ron McClendon took the majority of reps with the first team offence yesterday, which suggests head coach Danny Maciocia is leaning towards him, rather than Mike Jenkins, for Calgary.

They want to see what Jenkins can do, but he's only been here for two full practices and isn't as well-versed in the pass-protection responsibilities as McClendon.

The last thing they want is somebody getting a free shot at Ricky Ray because of a blocking mix-up.

HERVEY ON THE RUN: Injured receiver Ed Hervey has begun light running and rope skipping before practice and says his knee has withstood the early testing very well.

"It feels good,'' said Hervey, who's been out since Week Six with an MCL injury.

"Iwent for a run a couple of days ago, took a couple of days off, then ran again yesterday and it hasn't swollen up at all.''

SHOWING SOME ANKLE: They shoot horses, but Stampeder Jeremaine Copeland, the second leading receiver in the CFL. might just try and play through his leg trouble.

He rolled an ankle in practice and had to be carted off the field, but Eskimos coach Danny Maciocia won't believe he's out of the lineup when the Stamps declare their roster today.

"He says he's going to play, so we'll see.

"Obviously it would be a loss, just like us losing Ed Hervey for example, but they've got quality football players there, they'll find a way to get it done.''


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