Sore rib sidelines Campbell

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Make it three starting receivers on the sidelines.

Already without Jason Tucker (neck) and Brock Ralph (back), the Edmonton Eskimos will not have Kelly Campbell on the field tonight against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The club's most dangerous receiver, Campbell didn't make the trip to Manitoba yesterday because of a rib injury suffered in the first drive of last Sunday's game in Montreal.

"Anybody who is averaging 22 yards a catch and leads the league in that category it's a huge loss," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia on Campbell.

"But we have some other guys here we feel we can win with."

Campbell is second on the Eskimos in receiving yardage (813), but is tied for the lead in team touchdowns with Fred Stamps, with five majors.

Stamps will take Campbell's actual spot on the field, running his key routes.

It's expected rookie Greg Prator will rejoin the active roster as part of the receiving corps, replacing Campbell's roster spot.

QUICK HIT

For the first time this season, defensive tackle Jim Davis is a healthy scratch, Sun Media has learned.

The Eskimos have benched Davis and will dress Eric Taylor, giving the newcomer his first action in the CFL.

Taylor is a hulking defensive lineman - six-foot-two, 309 pounds - who has bounced around NFL camps for four years.

His resume shows one game with the Minnesota Vikings in 2005.

The benching of Davis comes after the defensive line didn't get enough pressure on Montreal's Anthony Calvillo last Sunday.

Davis leads the team in sacks with five as a rookie, but admitted to making mistakes last weekend.

EXTRA POINTS

Former Eskimo and current Bomber Stanford Samuels publicly claimed this week the Eskimos are over the CFL $4.2 million salary cap.

Edmonton brass quickly rejected that statement last night, stating the team is under the cap.

The Esks arrived 90 minutes late to Winnipeg last night because there was a problem with the main door on the charter aircraft.


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