Ranek's not done yet

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

Josh Ranek would love to issue this memo to the rest of the CFL: he can still play.

While starting the long journey by car from Edmonton to South Dakota yesterday - three days after being cut by the Eskimos - the veteran running back isn't ripping on head coach Danny Maciocia.

Instead, he is hoping the phone will ring again from somebody in the league.

"I feel I can still contribute to a team - both as a tailback and on special teams. It is something I have done over the years," he said. "I am not ready to retire yet."

Although he was baited with questions, Ranek refused to moan about his Edmonton experience.

After offering very few comments upon being released last week, he has just accepted the fact he had an injured hamstring in camp and couldn't really compete.

Proving how deep ties run with some players in the league, Mike Maurer's family was going to offer a reprieve from the gruelling journey to South Dakota last night.

"We are going to stop in Regina," said Ranek. "Mike Maurer's family is from there and I played with him in Ottawa for a couple of years and we got to know his family really good.

"So, we are going to stop and stay with his wife and children and hit the rest of the way home tomorrow (Tuesday)."

SHORT HIT ...

Make Ron McClendon now doubtful for Thursday's regular season opener against Winnipeg.

Head coach Danny Maciocia moved the running back to that status yesterday when he barely practised with first-team offensive players.

"It is a hamstring," said the coach. "We've got to be careful. Do you roll the dice and go into a football game and then something happens in the first quarter? Then you are stuck."

Rookie Tyler Ebell is now the starting running back.

FINISH LINES ...

As expected, Maurer returned to practice yesterday, apparently healthy and ready for this week ... Receiver Pat Woodcock looks doubtful, not practising again yesterday with a foot problem.


Videos

Photos