Tucker misses part of Day 1

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:22 AM ET

Nobody hit the panic button.

All-star receiver Jason Tucker missed the final portion of Day 1 of Edmonton Eskimos' training camp yesterday - but it's not because of another knee injury.

While Tucker missed four games with a knee problem last year, his wheels - er, legs - are just fine this spring.

Now it's a minor upper body problem for the 31-year-old import.

"Just a tight back, that is all," said Tucker.

"(I) just got to go get a chiropractic treatment, some acupuncture. I will be good."

That is good news for the Eskimos because Tucker and quarterback Ricky Ray are often money in the bank in key situations.

Three times in the last four seasons, Tucker has been over 1,000 receiving yards.

As for this year, the Texas rancher is predicting plenty of success.

"Good things are going to happen this year to put the Eskimos back on top," he remarked.

"We had the two down years (missing the playoffs in 2006, 2007). You learn from it and you move forward. The coaches went out and made this team better (this off-season)."

QUICK HIT: THIRD-STRING QUARTERBACK JASON MAAS APPEARS TO BE THE LEADING CANDIDATE TO BE THE HOLDER ON FIELD GOALS.

Maas held the pigskin for kicker Warren Kean on field-goal attempts yesterday morning at Clarke Park.

This role is nothing new for Maas, who held for Sean Fleming before leaving for Hamilton in 2006.

Of course, kicker Noel Prefontaine - who arrives today - will also have a say in who holds.

FINISH LINES: LISTED SECOND ON THE QUARTERBACK DEPTH CHART, STEFAN LEFORS DIDN'T ENJOY A STELLAR FIRST PRACTICE SESSION YESTERDAY.

In particular, LeFors had a rough stretch while guiding the offence through a series of plays in the middle of practice: missing a receiver on a sideline route, throwing behind a target over the middle and then delivering a bad shovel pass to running back Ron McClendon.

PARTING SHOTS: OFFENSIVE GUARD PATRICK KABONGO AND DEFENSIVE LINEMAN MONTEZ MURPHY DELIVERED THE FIRST SCRAP OF TRAINING CAMP.

The pair got into a tussle in a drill in the south end zone of Clarke Park in the second practice session.


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