A deal was in the works, and Ed Hervey's injury just expedited the finishing touches.
The Edmonton Eskimos had been talking to the Montreal Alouettes about a trade, and it was pulled off yesterday with the Esks sending Canadian defensive lineman Clinton Wayne to Montreal for import receiver Kwame Cavil.
Hervey will undergo an MRI on his right knee tomorrow and is out indefinitely, so the Esks needed to bolster an already strong receiving corps.
Cavil, who picked up 78 receptions for 1,090 yards and seven touchdowns last season for the Als, fits the bill despite having only 11 catches for 118 yards in three games this season.
"They love you and then they hate you," laughed Cavil as he boarded his flight west last night.
"I was trying to see a future of where the team was going and how I could be involved, and I got the impression I might be moving out of town.
A BIT SURPRISED
''I was a little bit surprised, but it's understandable. I'm looking forward to it. It'll feel nice to be useful again. It's always good to be wanted."
The 26-year-old from Waco, Texas, was definitely coveted by the Esks.
"We think he can step right in and play," said Esks head coach Danny Maciocia.
"He can line up inside and outside. He's very polished, he can run vertically and he's pretty tough.
''I know our defensive staff really liked him a lot when we were going up against him."
Wayne, who came to the Eskimos along with Patrick Kabongo from Ottawa for Edmonton's top two picks in the 2005 CFL draft, notched three tackles and two sacks in part-time use.
AN AREA OF STRENGTH
"The defensive line is certainly an area of strength for us," said Maciocia.
"We thought we might be all-Canadian on the inside, but when we came to training camp I didn't know about Cedric Scott.
''We had to find a way to have him on the field. We had three quality Canadians and we could only dress two so we had a healthy scratch every week.
"With the way Scott has played, we had one Canadian available.
''When I was talking to (Montreal GM) Jim Popp, Clinton's name came up and I think both teams added players that they needed for today and tomorrow. I know we're happy we got a quality receiver."
Cavil, now in his fourth CFL season, spent three years at the University of Texas and sits second on the school's all-time receiving list with 174 catches for 2,279 yards and 10 TDs.
The six-foot-two, 203-pounder spent the 2000 season with Buffalo, hauling in four passes for 66 yards in 16 games. He also played in NFL Europe with both Scotland and Berlin.