Tucker headlines good news, bad news day

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

There was no press release. No announcement. The Edmonton Eskimos just left Brandon Guillory's name on the nine-game injury reserved list in the notes in the pre-game press package.

Except this is Game 10.

And that means the Eskimo defensive end who suffered a spinal cord contusion in a pre-season game in Calgary where he lay for 15 minutes on the field before paramedics loaded him onto a spine board and into the back of an ambulance, is out for the year.

He started the season on the injured list. Now he'll finish it there.

While it was mostly a good news day for the Eskimos on the injury front with head coach Danny Maciocia suggesting Jason Tucker, Omarr Morgan and Tyler Ebell would return from injury to play the Stampeders tonight at Commonwealth Stadium, putting Guillory on the nine-game list again dampened the day.

"Tucker looks pretty good. He's had a couple of good days," said Maciocia of Ricky Ray's go-to guy who had 10 receptions of over 35 yards last year and this year has zero.

"When he's playing, you have to focus on him and that will help out the other guys," he said of the rest of the receivers.

"Having him back adds a sense of excitement."

Maciocia says the most excited person will probably be Ricky Ray.

"Ricky has been outstanding. I don't think there's a better quarterback in the league and who knows where we'd be without him."

Morgan is an all-star in his first year with the Eskimos.

"Morgan will be back for sure. Having him back will be huge for us," he said of the cornerback who was replaced by Chris Thompson, who made a major mess of things joining the team just prior to the game.

"Ebell is a game-time decision but I think he'll play."

But Guillory is now out for the season.

"It's not good," said Maciocia.

"He's seen every doctor and specialist in the city. We want to make sure we're doing the right thing. He's convinced he's going to play again. That's why we're helping him," said the coach of the player who still has a dressing room stall.

"We don't want to kill his hopes."

The second-year Eskimo who managed to get into three games after joining the team in late September last year, said it's tough.

"I don't know how to express how I feel. It's very frustrating.

"I've never missed a game. Ever. In any sport. I love the game. I'm passionate about the game.

"It feels 100% to me right now. But I have to listen to the doctors.

"I'm not feeling sorry for myself. It happens. I shouldn't be shocked. It's part of the game. This is football."

Guillory had one final thing to say.

"I will be back."


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