Esks expect Tucker to play

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

EDMONTON -- While Tyler Ebell hopes to finish, Jason Tucker just wants to start tonight's Labour Day rematch.

It's been that type of season for the injury-ravaged Edmonton Eskimos, but they are expecting to welcome their No. 1 receiver back to the lineup.

And if they can keep their starting tailback in the lineup, the offence should be able to start clicking. Ebell has left the two previous matchups with the Calgary Stampeders because of a shoulder problem. Both will be key components of tonight's Labour Day rematch at Commonwealth Stadium (7 p.m., TSN), although head coach Danny Maciocia said Tucker will have a huge effect on the offence.

The Eskimos are trying to break a two-game losing streak and one crucial Tucker play could be the difference.

"In the fourth quarters of those games, there were times for a play here, a play there, I wish we would have had him in the lineup," Maciocia said about Tucker. "It's going to be huge for us to have him back in there. As soon as he lines up, there's going to be a focus on No. 83 and that will help out the other guys."

In the Eskimos' four home games this season, the total margin of difference is five points. But even at 3-5-1, Tucker isn't throwing in the towel on the playoff race.

"Hopefully we get this thing back on the track," Tucker said. "This is the second half of the season. This is where you make your money. You have to set yourself apart in these nine games.


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