Ebell ready to return

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

Tyler Ebell has his wish.

After sitting out two straight games, the rookie is officially returning to the Eskimos' roster, replacing struggling returner Tony Tompkins.

"I am real excited to get back on the field and be playing," said Ebell.

"I'm sure I will be able to get in there on offence too."

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia isn't divulging how or if Ebell will be used on offence when the Esks play Saskatchewan tomorrow in Regina.

Ron McClendon will continue to be the starting tailback, although Ebell has put up more impressive numbers at that position this year.

What appears certain is that Ebell will return kickoffs and missed field goals tomorrow.

As for punts, it could be a combination of the 24-year-old and Fred Stamps. But the change on special teams could just be a one or two-week experiment.

"Everything is temporary out here," said Maciocia. "Him (Ebell), me, everybody. It is not a birth right to be in charge of our return game nor is it the birth right to be the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos.

"He (Ebell) is there now. We have got Fred that can also do it."

"Tony is still on this football team. It is not like we have given up on him and sent him home."

So, the pressure is on Ebell. But that doesn't seem to be bothering him.

"I have been playing football since I have been eight, so I just have to go out there and do what I have been doing my whole life," he said.

FINISH LINES: In one of the neatest scenes of Edmonton Eskimo practice this year, quarterback Stefan LeFors was communicating through sign language, while on the field, to his deaf father Larry, who was watching from the sidelines.

Larry just arrived in Edmonton yesterday.


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