Maciocia not tippin' his hand

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos running back picture for this week still isn't crystal clear.

Damien Anderson - the starting tailback for the first two weeks of the regular season - and recently signed AJ Harris both received reps with the first-team offence in practice yesterday.

But given the fact Harris has only had one full practice since rejoining the team after being cut in training camp, Anderson is the morning-line favourite to retain the starting job for at least another week.

Of course, Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia isn't revealing his starter and doesn't have to until one-hour before Thursday's 8 p.m. kickoff against the Toronto Argos at Commonwealth Stadium.

At the end of yesterday's long practice, Maciocia indicated he still had time to make a call on who carries the rock.

Edmonton's running game has been criticized through the first two weeks of the regular season.

Anderson gained just 12 yards on five carries in the Week 2 win against Calgary.

QUICK HIT: RON MCCLENDON - WHO WAS ADDED TO THE PRACTICE ROSTER THIS WEEK - ISN'T IN THE BATTLE FOR THE STARTING RUNNING BACK JOB FOR THURSDAY NIGHT'S TILT.

But he's playing the role of being a good teammate quite well.

"I really feel in my heart that it is not that we don't have the personnel to run the football," said McClendon. "I think we have to commit more to the run. Once you commit to the run, I think we will be fine."

Edmonton is second last in the CFL through two weeks with just 110 rushing yards.

FINISH LINES: STARTING DEFENSIVE TACKLE JIM DAVIS RETURNED TO THE PRACTICE FIELD IN FULL PADS YESTERDAY, APPARENTLY RECOVERED ENOUGH FROM AN UNDISCLOSED INJURY.

Davis was a spectator in Sunday's weather-shortened practice.


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