No AJ mayday

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos have not put out an S.O.S. to running back Kenton Keith.

While Keith is a talented running back who is apparently available on the CFL market, the Esks have not contacted him while waiting to see if starting running back AJ Harris will miss some games with a knee injury.

Harris is set for an MRI today on a sprained knee after suffering the injury during Saturday's 38-33 Edmonton victory against Hamilton.

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia admits Harris "could miss some time" but isn't sure until he sees the MRI results.

Maciocia has stopped short of saying non-import Calvin McCarty will be his starting tailback when the Eskimos play in Montreal on Sunday (11 a.m. MT).

That isn't a surprise because Maciocia rarely tips his hand on changes to the starting roster.

It doesn't appear the Esks will recall Damien Anderson from the nine-game injured list (shoulder injury) meaning Ron McClendon is the only other healthy running back who could be activated to the playing roster this week.

"We could bring McClendon on. He knows what we are doing here," said Maciocia on a running back who lost the starting job last year and hasn't taken a snap in a single game this year.

McCarty has a stellar 7.6-yard average per carry in a back-up role behind Harris this year.

In a breakout year in the CFL, McCarty had 72 yards on nine carries - including the game-winning touchdown -last Saturday against Hamilton.

The former fourth-round pick also has a 9.2-yard average per reception this season.

In Keith's case, the Esks don't want to pay the apparent demands of the former Saskatchewan Roughrider and Indianapolis Colt.

A recent cut (Aug. 30) of the Colts, Keith apparently turned down an offer of nearly $150,000 from a CFL team, according to a league insider.

Keith rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2004 and 2006 in Saskatchewan.

EXTRA POINT: AFTER THROWING FOUR PICKS LAST SATURDAY, ESKS PIVOT RICKY RAY NOW HAS 10 INTERCEPTIONS IN THE LAST FIVE GAMES.

But Maciocia believes two interceptions weren't Ray's fault against Hamilton.

And the bench boss isn't seeming too concerned.

"We will fix a few things, but we are not going to get away from being aggressive because of a couple of interceptions," said Maciocia. "When you are aggressive stuff happens."

QUICK HITS: NOT MENTIONED IN THE MANY STORIES ON DEFENSIVE BACK JASON GOSS'S REMARKABLE OUTING AGAINST HAMILTON - THREE INTERCEPTIONS, TWO FOR TOUCHDOWNS - IS THE FACT HE NEARLY BLOCKED A PUNT IN THE FIRST HALF ON SATURDAY.

In fact, he did get a piece of the ball on the block attempt.

FINISH LINES: AFTER GOING TWO GAMES WITHOUT A SINGLE PENALTY ON SPECIAL TEAMS, THE ESKS WERE NAILED WITH FOUR ON SATURDAY AGAINST THE TICATS. THREE WERE ACCEPTED, INCLUDING TWO ON KICKOFF RETURNS IN THE SECOND HALF.

"It's guys being over-aggressive," said Esks special teams co-ordinator Noel Thorpe.

"It is not a cause for concern."

PARTING SHOT: OFFENSIVE LINEMAN DAN COMISKEY COULD RETURN TO ACTION ON SUNDAY IN MONTREAL AFTER BREAKING AN ANKLE IN WEEK 1.


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