Maas's shoulder not pressing

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

With Ricky Ray back in the fold and Khari Jones under contract, the condition of quarterback Jason Maas's surgically repaired throwing shoulder isn't nearly as pressing a matter these days.

Had Ray not re-signed with the Edmonton Eskimos, it might be an altogether different story now that training camp is only 48 hours away.

Esks' rookie head coach Danny Maciocia remains unwavering in his insistence Maas will be ready to go Sunday morning.

"We'll see real soon," Maciocia said yesterday. "I don't think I've misled anybody. Unless I get something in the next 48 hours, he'll be out here and he'll taking the first exchange from under centre."

Surgeons repaired two tears to Maas's labrum in December and the 29-year-old pivot has only been throwing the ball since April.

According to Maciocia, Maas has not yet been given clearance by the Esks medical staff but is expected to pass his pre-camp physical nonetheless.

"The doctors tell me everything is going well," said Maciocia, before adding Maas was evaluated by medics a week ago.

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