Jenkins to sit out; McClendon back in

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

Danny Maciocia has started shuffling his deck of cards.

After just one game wearing green and gold, running back Mike Jenkins has been forced to the sidelines with a foot injury, meaning Ron McClendon will start tomorrow against the Calgary Stampeders at Commonwealth Stadium. "It's more of a bruise on his foot," said the head coach of Jenkins' injury.

On a normal practice week, with more than four days between tilts, Jenkins wouldn't be scratched. "If we had two more days, he'd be ready to go," continued Maciocia.

McClendon returns two weeks after being benched in favour of Jenkins. "Obviously, we would like to establish our running game (tomorrow) and be a little more balanced, like we were against Montreal," said Maciocia.

McClendon started against Montreal on Aug. 26th, rushing for 69 yards.

As a team, the Eskimos gained 100 yards on 14 carries that night, while quarterback Ricky Ray threw 39 times. In comparison, the Esks managed just 41 yards on 11 carries on Labour Day in Calgary, while Ray went to the air with 42 passes.

Defensive back Malcolm Frank will join McClendon on the roster, after spending one week resting his battered body. "Now the only question is do we take (Gerald) Dixon or (Tay) Cody (off)?" said Maciocia.

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