AJ to have MRI

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:50 AM ET

AJ Harris is in frightening uncharted water.

The Edmonton Eskimos starting running back has a sprained right knee from last night's game and is headed for an MRI today or tomorrow.

Fearing possible MCL or ACL damage, Harris has never experienced an injury like this.

And it all happened on a 16-yard pass play in the first quarter.

"I was tackled and rolled on the ground and someone hit my leg while I was on the ground," said Harris.

"My knee was held up and it was bent the wrong way.

"There was pain right away."

New Hamilton Tiger-Cat middle linebacker Cornelius Anthony was the player that bent the knee the wrong way.

The injury has put a major question mark on Harris' CFL rookie season.

Coming into yesterday's game, he had an impressive 5.9-yard average per carry.

And he had two receptions for 31 yards when he was forced to leave yesterday's game - reappearing on the sidelines on crutches.

But non-import Calvin McCarty continued his stellar season by picking up the slack at running back, rambling for the winning 21-yard major with 59 seconds left last night.

"He did an amazing job. I was screaming," said Harris on his replacement.

McCarty finished with nine rushes for 72 yards.

He could be the Esks starting running back when the team travels to Montreal next Sunday for its next game.

QUICK HITS: Edmonton offensive lineman Garrick Jones left in the second half yesterday with a possible pec injury.

It ended a frustrating day as he is trying to find out if his Houston, TX, home has suffered any damage from Hurricane Ike.

"I have been calling and calling trying to see what is going on," said Jones on his Texas home.

"My family is in Little Rock (Arkansas), so that is the main thing."

The phone calls to Texas aren't even going through. There is speculation the power might be off for two weeks in the area.

Hurricane Ike rolled to shore this weekend. Jones' Texas neighbourhood tends to flood.

FINISH LINES: After three drops last week, Edmonton receiver Kelly Campbell had a bounce-back effort last night.

Five catches for 154 yards and a touchdown brought a smile to his face after the win over Hamilton.

"I think it is very important for me to come back and bounce back from last game and show everybody that Kelly Campbell is back," he said.

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GOAT HORNS

Casey Printers, HAM QB

The most expensive player in the CFL - $500,000 yearly salary - threw four picks yesterday. Two were returned for touchdowns and another led to a drive that produced an Edmonton major. For good measure, he fumbled the ball with 45 seconds left to seal Edmonton's win.

BIG HIT

Cornelius Anthony, HAM

On an innocently developing first quarter pass play, Edmonton running back AJ Harris sprained his right knee when Anthony fell on it - twisting/bending it in ugly fashion.

BIG PAIN

Jesse Lumsden, HAM RB

Hamilton's top running back left in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. He had just 19 rushing yards when forced to watch the rest of the game, continuing his lack of success throughout his career against Edmonton.

BIG HIT

Jon Anoai, EDM DT

The rookie hammered Printers in mid-air on a scramble with 45 seconds left at Edmonton's 38-yard line. Printers fumbled the ball with Kenny Onatolu recovering to end the game.

- HUNTINGTON

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SUMMARY

Eskimos 38, Tiger-Cats 33

FIRST QUARTER

Edm -- TD Goss 50 interception return (Prefontaine convert) 0:51

Ham -- FG Setta 38 5:31

Ham -- TD Rodriguez 18 pass from Printers (Setta convert) 11:58

SECOND QUARTER

Ham -- TD Rodriguez 10 pass from Printers (Setta convert) 0:56

Edm -- TD Ray 1 run (Prefontaine convert) 4:26

Edm -- TD Campbell 41 pass from Ray (Prefontaine convert) 5:34.

THIRD QUARTER

Ham -- FG Setta 9 2:29

Edm -- TD Goss 94 interception return (Prefontaine convert) 8:07

FOURTH QUARTER

Ham -- TD Tisdale 13 interception return (Setta convert) 0:25

Edm -- FG Prefontaine 21 5:04

Ham -- FG Setta 45 8:24

Ham -- FG Setta 23 12:54

Edm -- TD McCarty 21 run (Prefontaine convert) 14:01

Hamilton 10 7 3 13--33

Edmonton 7 14 7 10--38

ATT. AT COMMONWEALTH STADIUM -- 33,766.

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BY THE NUMBERS

59

The Esks scored a TD on a 50-yard Jason Goss interception return just 59 seconds into the game - the second straight game the Esks scored a defensive major in the opening minute.

10

The Ticats scored 10 points in the first quarter yesterday. In the first 10 weeks, Hamilton averaged 2.9 points at the end of the opening stanza.

2

Ricky Ray threw two first-quarter interceptions. Both picks led to Hamilton drives that produced touchdowns.

4

Ray and Printers combined to throw four interceptions in the opening 20:10 of the game.

71

Printers had 71 rushing yards on six carries in the first half, giving him an 11.8-yard average.

10

The Ticats held the ball for 10 more minutes than Edmonton in the first half. To be precise, the edge was 10:04.

3

Goss had three interceptions yesterday, equaling the team record. Two picks went for touchdown and he set a team record with 144 return yards in the game.


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