Injury storm may be lessening

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

The tidal wave of injuries might be slowing down for the Edmonton Eskimos.

If Jason Tucker and Omarr Morgan can get through practice this afternoon, there is a good chance they will both return to the roster Friday night against the Calgary Stampeders at Commonwealth Stadium.

"If it is up to me, I am playing (Friday)," said Morgan.

"I just ran (yesterday) and it was fine."

Getting Morgan - one of the top cornerbacks in the league - back on the field would be a huge addition.

On the shelf for the last two games because of a hamstring injury, he would stabilize a secondary that was ripped apart on Monday by Calgary quarterback Henry Burris - who threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns.

The addition of Morgan would also plug the hole left by Lenny Williams, who left Monday's game with suspected meniscus damage in a knee.

He is to receive an MRI today - but is expected to be out for a while.

"Hank has been on fire and I just want to go out there and challenge these receivers," said Morgan on Burris, who has thrown for at least 300 yards in six straight games.

As for Tucker, he is cautiously optimistic about playing Friday for the first time in five games after having knee surgery on Aug. 7.

"Right now my body is feeling good," said Tucker, who had a meniscus tear in his left knee.

"I went out and tested it (yesterday) and it felt good."

The all-star slotback is just thrilled that Friday's game is at Commonwealth Stadium as opposed to a stadium with an artificial playing surface.

"Grass is a lot better than the field turf," said Tucker.

"That is only going to help out - major."

If quarterback Ricky Ray's No. 1 weapon returns this week, it is very possible that receiver T.J. Acree sits because of the stress fracture in one foot.

SHORT YARDAGE: Defensive back Stanford Samuels is going to try to practise today, but his return this week is very questionable.

Dealing with turf toe and bone bruise on the same foot, Samuels missed Labour Day and hasn't tested the sore paw in a few days.

"It is four days since I tried (running around on it). It's not like it has been eight days where a significant difference is going to be seen," he said.

QUICK HIT: Running back Tyler Ebell believes he's going to play Friday, even though he didn't finish Monday's tilt with an injured shoulder.

"I have the majority of my strength back and all my movement," he remarked.

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia isn't exactly as positive on Ebell's status for this week.

"He is touch and go for Friday," said Maciocia.


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