Tucker up and about

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

The prognosis was positive, according to Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

Wide receiver Jason Tucker is expected to be back in Edmonton within a few days after undergoing surgery to repair a couple of fractured vertebrae in his neck.

"He was walking yesterday," Maciocia said. "The people that visited with him said that his spirits were fine. He's probably going to have to stay there a few more days, then we're going to bring him back home. But everything seems to be positive right now."

Tucker was injured on the final play of the third quarter in the Eskimos 19-13 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday. He was placed on the nine-game injury list by the club yesterday.

"All indications are that he'll make a recovery," Maciocia said. "The information that I have was that the surgery was a success and now it's just a question of rehabbing."

GUILLORY CAN RELATE

Defensive end Brandon Guillory can relate with Tucker.

Last season the New Orleans native suffered a spinal cord contusion in the Eskimos first pre-season game and spent the entire year on the injured list.

"When we heard how bad the injury was the next morning I thought, 'Wow, this again.' " Guillory said.

"But it's not just anybody, it's Jason Tucker. He's the face of the CFL at the receiver position. That's big. When I heard about it, I thought about all the stuff that I went through and what he's going to go through."

Guillory, 25, played his first game with the Eskimos on Thursday, recording two tackles and a sack. He's expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow when the Eskimos host the B.C. Lions.

"It's a tough situation and I wouldn't want anybody to go through that," Guillory said.

"But Jason Tucker is a strong person and I know he's going to get better.

"I see Tuck playing again if he wants to. But the most important thing is that he has his mobility and can be a father to his kids."


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