One more hurdle to clear

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

Kelly Campbell has cleared two of three hurdles in his attempt to return to the roster this week.

The Green and Gold's most dangerous receiver has participated in consecutive practices, meaning if he stays healthy in today's final practice of the week he will play Saturday against Winnipeg at Commonwealth Stadium (5 p.m., CHED).

"He looked like he's at full speed," said Edmonton Eskimos coach Danny Maciocia after yesterday's practice.

"We think he's going to play (this week)."

Campbell has been battling a rib injury for two weeks.

Averaging 22 yards per catch in his rookie season in Edmonton, Campbell was forced to miss last Friday's tilt in Winnipeg, giving Greg Prator the start.

QUICK HIT: While many experts already believe Edmonton will qualify for the post season - either through the West Division or the crossover berth in the East - the number crunching has already started in some circles.

At 7-6, Edmonton has 14 points in the West.

That is two points from second in the West and four points from first.

In the East Division, Toronto has third place with eight points but will lose that playoff berth if they don't tie or eclipse the last-place team in the West for points at the end of the regular-season.

With every team in the CFL having five games left in the regular season, Toronto can only reach 18 points.

That means Edmonton has to win three of its remaining five games to guarantee a playoff position if Toronto wins every remaining game.

FINISH LINES: Starting defensive tackle Dario Romero and special teams veteran Mathieu Bertrand returned to the Esks' practice field in full gear yesterday after missing Tuesday's session... The annual Eskimos Women's Dinner is tonight, with the fundraising goal above $35,000. All proceeds go to ovarian cancer research.


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