No disappearing act

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

There is no need for a search party to find Jason Tucker.

The star receiver is still with the Edmonton Eskimos.

In fact, he was practising yesterday afternoon.

But the team's leading receiver has practically disappeared from the game-day stat sheet.

The gifted wideout/slotback caught just one pass in the club's last game and is averaging just two catches in the last three games.

This comes after grabbing nearly six balls a game over the first 13 games of the year and leading the league in receiving yards for weeks.

But the four-year Edmonton standout isn't complaining or hanging his head in his locker.

"I'd be lying if I didn't say I want the ball," he said yesterday.

"But the bottom line is that as long as we are winning, it doesn't matter to me."

Winners of their last two games, the Eskimos have suddenly found a productive running attack with Troy Davis, meaning the club isn't throwing the ball 40 times a game, which partially explains why Tucker's numbers have dropped.

Another reason is the return of ace receiver Ed Hervey to the starting roster after missing seven games.

However, head coach Danny Maciocia admits the team likely has to direct more plays in Tucker's direction.

"We know as well as everyone else that in order for us to be as productive and efficient as we want to be he is probably going to have to get a little more involved along the way," explained Maciocia, who is well aware the club is having trouble finding the end zone of late.

Tucker still leads the team with 10 TDs.

SHORT YARDAGE: It was a lonely walk to the practice field yesterday for defensive end Rashad Jeanty.

After receiving treatment for his pulled hamstring, Jeanty arrived almost 30 minutes after his teammates and just watched.

He remains very questionable for Friday's tilt against the B.C. Lions.

"It's an injury you have to nurse. It's (also) very stressful because I want to play," said the dynamic lineman.

LATE HITS: Antico Dalton is the most likely candidate to come on the roster if Jeanty is scratched ... Non-import defensive lineman Randy Spencer is very doubtful to return this week due to damaged calf muscles ... Special teams demon Mike Bradley will have surgery Thursday to repair the torn ACL in his right knee.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I got a chance to watch my six-year-old (daughter) play soccer and it stressed me out a little bit and I said, 'I am better off at the office,' " explained Maciocia, while describing what he did away from Commonwealth Stadium during the bye week.

"I need to remember it is my daughter and I am not out there actually coaching."


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