Hervey MRI confirms ligament tear

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Ed Hervey got the results of his MRI yesterday and they aren't good - they confirmed a tear on his right medial collateral ligament - but the Eskimos still don't know how long he'll be out of the lineup.

Team Dr. David Reid will take a closer took at the image today to determine the best course of action, to either perform surgery or let the injury heal on its own.

Typically in these cases, surgery can get a player back on his feet in about two months, but it's all going to depend on the severity and the method of treatment.

"I'm as anxious as you are," said head coach Danny Maciocia. "I'd like to know what's going on as well."

- Eskimos defensive end Rashad Jeanty was named CFL lineman of the week yesterday on the strength of two tackles, one sack and one knocked-down pass against Hamilton.

"It means a lot," said Jeanty, who's tied for the CFL lead with six sacks this year. "With the guys we have on defence, every position we have quality guys. For me to win this award is a big privilege."

His toughest test of the year comes this Friday, however, against the league's best passer, Dave Dickenson.

"We're going to have to get in his face," said Jeanty. "He's a hard worker. He knows the game. It's a big challenge and we're going to be ready."

They want to put a few licks on the B.C. pivot, but Jeanty and his defensive pals know it'll take more than that against a guy who always gets up off the turf. "I'm surprised, the guy is something like 5-8, it looks like he should be playing golf, but he's an extreme competitor and that's something you have to respect about the guy. We just have to get a lot of big hits on him and hopefully keep him down on the ground."

- Running back Ron McClendon knows he doesn't have very good numbers (162 yards and zero TDS on the season), but it's hard to pad the stats when you're only getting eight carries a game.

"You just have to do what's asked of you at the time, execute whatever the game plan is," he said. "Patience is definitely a virtue. You want the ball but you have to go with the game plan."

He understands where the bread is buttered right now. "With an offensive guy like Ricky Ray and an offensive line like that, any time he drops back to pass it can very well be a touchdown."


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