Hervey's flyin' -- to Hamilton

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

It's still not official, but receiver Ed Hervey will likely receive a plane ticket to Hamilton this afternoon.

"I think the chances are very, very good that he will be in the line-up (on Friday)," said Maciocia after watching Hervey run several routes with the No. 1 offensive unit yesterday afternoon at practice. "We will see if there is any swelling (this) morning."

It was Hervey's first real practice since tearing the MCL in his right knee against the Tiger-Cats at Commonwealth Stadium on July 30.

Word of Hervey's impending return for Friday night's tilt at Ivor Wynne Stadium didn't exactly thrill Kavis Reed, the Tiger-Cats' defensive co-ordinator.

"I'm just ecstatic about that," said Reed, his tongue firmly planted in his cheek as he sat with the phone to his ear from Hamilton.

"That's the kind of luck we have had.

"Ed -- to me -- is still top three in terms of receivers in this league. He is a game breaker."

If everything remains on plan and Hervey is activated, Reed has choices to make.

"Choose your poison," continued Reed. "Who do you defend?

"Ed just poses another problem in terms of who do you defend.

"Couple that with Jason Tucker, Derrell Mitchell -- who is quietly having an outstanding year -- (Trevor) Gaylor is coming on and the forgotten one that could strike at any time is Brock Ralph.

"You can't take away all of them. So, you have to choose your poison."

SHORT YARDAGE: Not surprisingly, Edmonton's Tony Tompkins was named CFL Special Teams Player of the Week. Tompkins's 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the key play in the Eskimos' 37-20 win over the previously undefeated B.C. Lions last Saturday.

"After he scored, I pretty much knew that game was in the bag," said Maciocia. Linebacker Singor Mobley is the Defensive Player of the Week after recording five tackles and one sack.

LATE HITS: Rashad Jeanty's status for Friday's game is still up in the air.

Tied for the team lead in sacks, Jeanty was hoping to practise yesterday but didn't.

"I was informed not to practise. I was as surprised probably as you guys (were) not to practise," he said to reporters.

The defensive end hurt his left shoulder while blocking on a kick return in Regina two weeks ago.

Jeanty spent yesterday morning in the weight room.

"We will see how (his shoulder) reacts to the weight session, the bench-pressing session they put him through," said Maciocia.

EXTRA POINT: Defensive tackle Steve Charbonneau still can't join the Eskimos on the practice field after suffering back spasms at Saskatchewan's Taylor Field.


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