Eskies -- blues and bruises

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

REGINA -- Edmonton defensive end Rashad Jeanty needed help putting his dress shirt on after yesterday's hard-fought 37-36 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Taylor Field.

But he isn't the only member of the green and gold who will be hurting today.

The Eskimos' bench was practically a MASH unit at times yesterday.

Six players suffered injuries on the field during the game, the most serious being offensive lineman Chris Morris, who received an ankle injury during the first half and didn't return for the rest of the game.

Others on the battered and bruised crew -- Kevin Lefsrud (hand), Kelly Wiltshire (shoulder) and Cedric Scott (burner) -- played through the pain and discomfort. Gerald Dixon also suffered a chest injury.

Head coach Danny Maciocia didn't classify any of the injuries as very serious.

But the Eskimos had some serious juggling to do during the game.

In fact, offensive lineman Patrick Kabongo even had to take some snaps on the defensive line.

That was partly caused by Steve Charbonneau's freak injury before the game. The veteran defensive tackle suffered back spasms.

"I was doing one-on-one (drills) in warm-up and I was probably in an odd position and my back reacted the wrong way," said Charbonneau, who will be re-evaluated this week.

SHORT YARDAGE: After starting his Eskimo career in red-hot fashion, kicker Hayden Epstein is struggling.

Besides the block of his 31-yard attempt with 10 seconds left yesterday that clinched the Rider victory, Epstein failed to connect from 37 and 36 yards.

The rookie was a perfect five-for-five after his first two games, but was just two-for-five yesterday.

"I was pretty bad," he said after the game.

"It's something I'm going to have to deal with."

LATE HITS: Eskimo quarterback Ricky Ray had impressive stats yesterday, going 31-45 for 348 yards and three touchdowns .... The same can't be said of the rushing stats -- again. Starting tailback Ron McClendon had five yards on six carries. But McClendon did have seven catches for 72 yards and one touchdown ... Rookie Dahrran Diedrick didn't have a carry ... In his return to the lineup, Sean Fleming didn't enjoy his finest moments at Taylor Field. He dropped a near-perfect snap on his first punt attempt and had a punt blocked in the fourth quarter, leading to a Saskatchewan field goal.


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