Quick study Quentin

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

CALGARY -- Trevor Gaylor and Quentin McCord are hoping lightning will strike twice in a big game.

In a brutal bind because of a lack of healthy bodies, the Edmonton Eskimos have signed and will dress McCord at receiver this afternoon in the Labour Day tilt.

But while the 29-year-old import just joined the Esks and hasn't taken a single pass from quarterback Ricky Ray in game action, he does have a history with Gaylor.

"Me and Quentin McCord were a part of the very first ever home loss in playoff history (at) Green Bay Lambeau Field," said Gaylor.

"Me, him, Michael Vick - the rest of the Falcons in the 2002-03 year went down and won in Green Bay. Me and Quentin were (part of) the starting receivers for Atlanta the last half of the season."

Now, McCord has answered the Esks' S.O.S. call.

With Fred Stamps on the shelf for a month because of a sudden appendectomy on Friday, the Green and Gold airlifted McCord from Georgia to Alberta on Saturday.

Gone are the days of Ed Hervey, Mookie Mitchell and Jason Tucker on the field for Labour Day.

The rash of injuries in the receiving corps means the Esks will go to battle today with Gaylor, McCord, T.J. Acree, Kamau Peterson, Andrew Nowacki and J.F. Romeo.

"It is pretty crazy," said Ray.

"The amount of injuries we have had. It makes it tough.

"You are trying to get used to new guys and then you are playing with guys that are a little banged up. You never know who is going to line up in one spot.

"Guys get used to playing with each other. And you kind of build that consistency - you know what to expect out there.

"We haven't had that luxury this year. We have been adjusting on the run."

McCord is only going to be able to run 25% of the plays because that is all of the playbook that he can possibly inhale on such short notice.

"I have been doing a lot of cramming (with the playbook)," said McCord, who is listed at 5-11 and 185 pounds.

"I am not saying I am not going to have a brain fart.

"But I think I will be OK."

Edmonton is just thrilled McCord was available.

After playing seven games for Winnipeg in 2006, he was cut on the final day of Bombers training camp this spring.

In a sign that Edmonton actually wants to take a hard look at McCord, the club offered him a three-year contract.

WHO HAS THE EDGE?

Quarterback - Eskimos

Defensive line - Stampeders

Running back - Stampeders

Linebackers - Stampeders

Receivers - Stampeders

Secondary - Stampeders

Offensive line - Eskimos

Return game - Stampeders

Coaching - Eskimos

Kicking - Stampeders

EDMONTON ESKIMOS RECORD: 3-4-1

WHO TO WATCH

Tyler Ebell, RB

A 100-yard rushing game against Calgary is just what the

Eskimos offence needs.

KEY MATCHUP

The D-line has two big tasks: pressure Burris to help the secondary and keep Burris from long runs.

INJURIES

SB Jason Tucker (knee), SB Pat Woodcock (knee), WR Fred

Stamps (appendix), DB Jonte Buhl (wrist), DE Brandon

Guillory (spine), LB Antico Dalton (back), OL Kevin Lefsrud (concussion), DB Omarr Morgan (hamstring), DB Stanford Samuels (foot)

ROSTER NOTES

WHO'S IN: Morgan, DE Isaac Keys, RB Tyler Ebell, DB Chris Thompson, WR Quentin McCord, DE Kenny Hollis.

WHO'S OUT: DE Stevie Baggs, LB Ray Perryman, Lefsrud, OL Tony Tella, Stamps, S Jeremy Steeves.

NOTABLES

Edmonton has lost the last three regular-season games in Calgary. The last regular-season win was Labour Day 2005.

THEY SAID IT

"Don't talk out there. Let your pads do the talking."

- Danny Maciocia's advice to his players.

CALGARY STAMPEDERS Record: 3-4-1

WHO to WATCH

Henry Burris, QB

Can Smilin' Hank make it six straight games of at least 300 yards passing?

KEY MATCHUP

Stampeders receivers vs. Eskimos secondary

Calgary brings an ultra-talented receiving core against three CFL rookies (Lenny Williams, Jason Flowers, Chris Thompson) in the Esks defensive backfield.

INJURIES

OL Derek Armstrong (leg), FB Cory Hathaway (Achilles), DB J.R. Ruffin (knee)

ROSTER NOTES

WHO'S IN: DE John Syptak, DT Anton Lindsey, LB Rob Rodriguez, OL Jay McNeil

WHO'S OUT: DE Demetrious Maxie, SB Marc Boerigter, DT Miguel Robede, OL Tyler Lynem

NOTABLES

From 1992 to 2006, the Labour Day game in Cowtown has attracted a sold-out crowd 14 out of 15 occasions.

THEY SAID IT

"Calgary hates Edmonton. Edmonton hates Calgary. (There's) not going to be any love lost in this game."

- Calgary RB Joffrey Reynolds on the Labour Day Classic


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