Maurer on the shelf

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Mike Maurer is out.

For how long has yet to be determined.

On Friday the Edmonton Eskimos fullback hyper-extended his knee. Maurer did not take part in yesterday's practice and may not be ready to go in Thursday's exhibition game against the B.C. Lions.

"I caught a pass in the flats, turned around, tried to get low, but the guy that was there was a little lower than me and he hit me right above the knee," Maurer said. "It's nothing too serious. If you're going to hurt your knee, the hyperextension is the one you want. We'll see how it goes, and how it responds to treatment the next couple of days."

Maurer had one catch for seven yards in Friday's 28-3 loss to the Stampeders.

"It wasn't too bad, I wasn't out there for a whole lot of reps," he said. "I think we got down early which limits what you want to do. At the same time we're trying to evaluate players. Personally I felt pretty good and it was good to get out there and bang some other colours for a while."

Maurer is entering his 11th CFL season, third with the Eskimos. This year he's expected to share the fullback duties with Mathieu Bertrand.

Like many veterans, he was happy to get back out on the field again after a long off-season.

"You get that first pop in training camp and then you realize you're in training camp," he said. "Then it takes that first good pop in a game to realize that football season has started for real."


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