Hervey's on the mend

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

Believe it or not, there is good news in the Eskimo camp this week.

Top-notch receiver Ed Hervey is progressing at a solid rate after suffering a serious knee injury in late July.

With third-string quarterback Jason Johnson throwing tight spirals, Hervey ran through a simple drill at Clarke Park yesterday afternoon - and delivered good news moments later.

"I just completed eight routes in our (pass) route tree and (the knee) feels good," he said. "My conditioning might be a little bit in question right now but I can still work on that.

"I'm very optimistic about the upcoming game (but) I know it's not entirely up to me."

After sitting on the sidelines for six consecutive games, the Esks' coaching staff will closely watch Hervey this week in practice before submitting a final roster on Friday afternoon. Edmonton plays B.C. on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

In the six games Hervey has missed, Edmonton has won just twice after starting the year 5-1.

"I feel very happy that I am at this stage that I am talking about playing in a game again especially after the injury," continued Hervey.

Hervey suffered a torn MCL in his right knee while playing against Hamilton on July 30.


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