At least it's not all bad news

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

Needing some good news on the injury front, Noel Prefontaine has provided it for the Eskimos.

After getting clocked in the head in Hamilton last Friday during an unplanned scramble on a botched punt attempt, Prefontaine isn't experiencing any significant pain.

The Eskimos punter/kicker is expecting to play Thursday when the club battles the B.C. Lions at Commonwealth Stadium (8 p.m., CHED, TSN).

"I don't have any headaches. I am waking up fine," said Prefontaine, who suffered two concussions last year.

"I have been having - and I have had - sensitivity to light."

For that reason, Prefontaine had a visor on his helmet yesterday at practice.

It's not a dark-tinted shield, instead it's almost a green-to-yellow shaded visor.

Prefontaine doesn't know if he suffered his third concussion in 13 months when he was hammered last week at Ivor Wynne Stadium but admits to having been "rung" by the hit.

The first-year Eskimo is just thankful Thursday's game is a late start.

"I am fighting the sun and brightness so much," he remarked.

"It is making me get a headache.

"It was ridiculous punting into that sun (in Hamilton)."

Prefontaine made all four field goals last week and leads the CFL in total points with 64.

QUICK HIT: RECEIVER GREG PRATOR HAS BEEN SIGNED TO A PRACTICE ROSTER CONTRACT.

With Jason Tucker coming off the roster this week, the club has an import slot to fill.

Esks head coach Danny Maciocia could activate Prator to the 42-man playing roster or go with linebacker/safety Trey Young.

FINISH LINES: IN THE WAKE OF TUCKER'S CATASTROPHIC NECK INJURY, BRANDON GUILLORY SUMMARIZED IN CANDID TERMS WHY PEOPLE TAKE THOSE RISKS TO PLAY FOOTBALL.

"This is a passion. This is a commitment. This is like a marriage," said the Edmonton defensive end, who suffered a spinal cord injury last year.

"If you are married, you (are) basically in two marriages - with your wife and football."


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