Dinged up on Day 1

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

The body language said it all.

Literally sitting on the sidelines on the Clarke Park field turf yesterday, Stanford Samuels wasn't happy with how Day 1 of Edmonton Eskimo camp ended.

A highly touted free-agent acquisition, Samuels has injured his left leg - in the groin/hip flexor area.

"You never want to come into camp and be hurt the first day," said Samuels, who is wearing Malcolm Franks's old No. 10.

Before hurting his leg, the defensive halfback looked very strong on opening day of camp.

"The first practice (yesterday morning) it started bothering me a little bit and progressively got a little bit worse," said Samuels. "So they stopped me before anything pulled."

It's unclear if Samuels will miss today's two practices.

CAMP CHATTER: Nobody came to camp in better shape compared to last year than Ron (Goldie) McClendon, according to Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

"The guy is in phenomenal shape. His body fat was cut by more than half," Maciocia said.

CULTURE CHANGE: Not happy with the culture in the locker-room last year, Maciocia is trying to pound home certain messages this year.

"All these guys understand why they are here, what their jersey represents, the tradition and history," said Maciocia.

"And they understand there are certain expectations that come with it."

The definitive verdict on the culture of the room will come later in the season, likely when adversity hits.

ESK-CETERA: Defensive end Adam Braidwood has dropped 20 pounds from last year, but there doesn't seem to be much concern. "Braidwood is a man and I wouldn't want to mess around with that," remarked Maciocia. "When the lights go on, he is going to be a warrior out there."

FINISH LINES: Former Eskimo linebacker Singor Mobley and his young daughter were curious fans from the sidelines during Day 1.


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