Hurt hamstring sidelines Kelly

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

The feel-good story of the Edmonton Eskimos training camp has become a hard luck tale.

Receiver Ryan Kelly - son of legendary Green and Gold receiver Brian Kelly - believes he has pulled a hamstring, and the injury will likely put him on the shelf for a couple of weeks.

"It's almost indescribable," Kelly said of the frustration he's feeling.

"The offence was coming to me and I was getting used to the speed of the game. And the morning practice (on Sunday) went really well.

"It's quite a setback. I don't know if I'm going to get the opportunity to show what I can do."

At the moment, Kelly is still with the team.

A small receiver - five-foot-eight, 160 pounds - who took some major hits during rookie camp, Kelly was facing an uphill climb to make the club.

The injury makes his chances appear even slimmer.

Working against veteran safety J.R. LaRose in a passing drill on Sunday morning, Kelly felt a twinge in one of his hamstrings while running his route.

To make matters worse, LaRose clobbered him a split second later.

"I'm just going to hope that they maybe keep me around and give me an opportunity (down the road)," continued Kelly.

The personable 24-year-old non-import is actually following the footsteps of his father in this area.

Brian hurt an ankle in his first camp with the Green and Gold.

"It's the curse of the No. 70," said Ryan.

"I guess we're just bound to have a tough injury in training camp."


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