New dimension added

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos filed onto the McMahon Stadium field yesterday bringing with them a former 1,000-yard rusher for the first time all season.

Just how that affects the Calgary Stampeders game plan is anybody's guess. Running back Michael Jenkins hasn't played in the CFL since 2003, when he was a member of the Toronto Argonauts.

Even Eskimos QB Ricky Ray is curious.

"I'm not sure yet. I haven't played with him," said Ray. "I've played against him and he's had some pretty good games. Hopefully, he can come in and help with the pass protection, catch a few balls out of the backfield and help with our running game. We haven't much of a running game all year but hopefully we can it going. We started to a little last game."

The Eskimos are second-to-last in rushing this season despite being third overall in total offence. There has been a revolving door at the tailback position for Edmonton with Elvis Joseph and Ron McClendon going in and out without much success along the ground.

So, Jenkins enters after a long layoff from game action knowing the carries will be few and far between. But the 5-ft. 8-in. Arkansas product proclaimed himself in top condition despite missing all of last season with an ankle injury and will make the most of his chances.

"It's hard but I still believe I can play. I've always said that," said Jenkins.


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