Aches & pains

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

CALGARY -- The body count for the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders could be rather significant in the next few days.

Both teams left Calgary's McMahon Stadium yesterday with injured players at key positions with the clock ticking to kickoff in Friday's rematch at Commonwealth Stadium.

For the Eskimos, the biggest question marks are at running back and defensive end - where the team might need two new starters.

Tailback AJ Harris left with about two minutes remaining in the second quarter with a calf injury during Edmonton's 37-16 Labour Day win. He didn't return.

"I wanted to come back (into yesterday's game) really bad but we only have a couple of days (to the next game). It was probably smarter to sit out (the second half)," said Harris, who said the injury felt like a cramp.

His status for Friday's game is questionable.

Defensive end Montez Murphy is definitely questionable this week with a groin injury.

After suffering the injury in the first half yesterday, Murphy sat in the dressing room after the game with a large ice pack.

"I WANTED TO COME BACK (INTO THE GAME) REALLY BAD BUT WE ONLY HAVE A COUPLE OF DAYS (TO THE NEXT GAME). IT WAS PROBABLY SMARTER TO SIT OUT (THE SECOND HALF)."

AJ HARRIS

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia has a few options to replace Harris - if he can't play Friday.

Non-import running back Calvin McCarty proved he deserves more playing time after rushing for 73 yards while filling in for Harris yesterday.

Damien Anderson and Ron McClendon are also healthy options to join the roster.

The Eskimos likely won't practise today, meaning the first real indication of Harris' health will likely come at tomorrow's practice.

If Murphy can't play Friday, Tyler Clutts is the only true starting defensive end to take his spot.

Expect the club to beat the bushes to find more depth at that position through NFL cuts this week.

In the Stamps' camp, quarterback Henry Burris (toe), running back Joffrey Reynolds (back/shoulder), receiver Nik Lewis (possible broken ribs) and running back Jon Cornish (abdominal) are the walking wounded from the Labour Day loss.

QUICK HIT: After being assessed by Dr. David Reid yesterday, Edmonton o-lineman Dan Comiskey is allowed to increase his workout program as he recovers from a broken ankle in Week 1.

"I can do some stairs, weight bearing (exercises), a little jogging," said Comiskey on his new routine.

However, there is no timeline for when he will be able to return to game action.

PARTING SHOT: "It is good to see all aspects of the game came together for us - defence, offence, special teams," said Edmonton defensive tackle Dario Romero after yesterday's win.

"And that is what it is going to take to win a championship - having everybody doing their job, making plays."


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