Tyler Ebell can't seem to catch a break.
Stripped of his running back duties after Week 2 of the season so a healthy Ron McClendon could return to the roster, Ebell is now injured.
In the midst of a great game against the Calgary Stampeders last night, the Edmonton Eskimos rookie sprained his left shoulder.
Rumbling on another solid play early in the third quarter, he got hurt on an innocent looking tackle into the Edmonton bench.
"(The Stampeder) was on my back and his momentum and my momentum went straight into the ground and landed on my shoulder," said Ebell, who initially thought he had suffered a stinger.
"Then I couldn't really lift my arm up. I figured they would let me go back in - big deal I can't lift my arm up.
"I don't really lift my arm up that high anyway. But they wouldn't let me go back in."
Ebell left the game with 59 yards rushing and a fantastic 7.4-yard average per carry.
He also added 30 receiving yards, including a five-yard touchdown catch late in the second quarter.
"I think I was out there helping the team," said Ebell. "I was having a good game as far as the run game is concerned - and that hasn't been there for the last four weeks."
INJURY NOT SERIOUS
Ebell doesn't think the injury is that serious but did have his left arm in a sling after the game.
On the positive side for the Esks, McClendon stepped off the bench to be productive in Ebell's absence. On the very next play after Ebell's injury, McClendon rattled off a 38-yard run. The Esks scored a major on the next play in that drive. McClendon finished with 48 rushing yards on four carries. He also had three catches for 19 yards.