A picture is worth 1,000 words and an MRI costs about 500 bucks.
Ultimately, the MRI taken yesterday morning will speak volumes about the condition of Ricky Ray's hyperextended right knee.
However, the Edmonton Eskimos quarterback won't get definitive word on the extent of his injury until Dr. David Reid examines the MRI today.
"I feel pretty good and most of the soreness is gone," explained Ray, who was injured early in the second quarter of last Friday's 20-20 tie with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. "I've still got a little swelling in there that I'm trying to ice and get rid of."
Head coach Danny Maciocia remains confident Ray sustained no serious damage and reiterated the Green and Gold pivot is improving on a daily basis.
"He looked pretty good today," Maciocia said. "He had his MRI and we're waiting for the results. He was riding the stationary bike (Sunday). So, everything's good."
Like Maciocia, Ray is down-playing the potential seriousness of the injury.
"They did all the ligament tests they could do right after it happened and they did it again Saturday when I saw the doctor," Ray said. "It's all been pretty positive.
"They feel all the ligaments are intact. But the MRI is really going to show what's going on in there. Until they look at that, it could be anything. Hopefully, it's alright."
When pressed regarding his status for the Green and Gold's June 24 season opener, the 25-year-old pivot declined to speculate on when he might be back on the field.
"I'm hoping this MRI will give them a good idea of where I'm at and they can kind of plan my treatment," said Ray, clad in a grey T-shirt with Training Room emblazoned across the chest.
"They can give me kind of a schedule and kind of a goal to set."
Until the team's medical staff has had an opportunity to examine the MRI, any musing on how long Ray might be sidelined is strictly guess- work.
Although Ray did ride an exercise bike Sunday, a fluid buildup coupled with some residual soreness means the quarterback doesn't have a full range of motion.
"It doesn't bend all the way yet," he said.
"But after I got off the bike and rode a little bit more, it kind of loosened up a bit.
"When I woke up Saturday, it was really sore and hard to move. When I woke up Sunday it felt a little better. Today a lot better. That's good news that it's getting better every day."
It's unclear what caused Ray to hyperextend the knee after taking a hit on the shoulder from Winnipeg defensive lineman Marcus Jones while rolling out to throw the ball.
WENT TO PLANT
"When I went to plant on my right foot, he contacted me," Ray recalled. "I don't know how much of a role his contact played. But my leg just hyperextended. It's kind of a weird deal."
Ray broke his left leg playing high school football, strained the medial colateral ligament in his left knee while at Sacramento State University and hyperextended his left knee during the 2002 Labour Day Classic.
Assuming the damage to his right knee is minimal, Ray could be fitted with a brace as a precautionary measure prior to the Esks' regular-season opener.
"When I was at Sacramento State, I had to wear a brace for the whole year," Ray related.
"It's just there to prevent reinjuring it.
"As much as you don't like wearing it, it gives you peace of mind."