Wild West off and runnin'

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:36 AM ET

No pressure, right?

It’s only that the loser of Sunday’s season opener between the Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions will be alone in last place in the CFL’s West Division.

Both the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampeders won their cross-over contests with eastern opponents on opening day July 1, leaving the door wide open to the West’s basement already in Week 1.

“Well, if that’s the way you look at it,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. “I just look at it as one of 18 games and we take it one game at a time.

“The reality is when I look at the four teams in the West, I think it would be hard-pressed for any of us to go undefeated. We’ll see how things work out after one game. Two teams have won in the West and there’s going to be one more team that’s going to win in the West. At this time next week, we’ll either be 1-0 or 0-1.”

WARM RECEPTION? The Eskimos aren’t telling whether or not Sunday will mark the return of receiver Kelly Campell to the lineup. A late arrival at training camp, Campbell did not suit up for either of the preseason games.

“We’ll see, he’s part of our 46 (man roster),” Hall said. “There are still a couple decisions we have to make, and that’s one of them, regarding our receiving corps. We can’t dress all of them so which ones are we going to end up dressing?”

Fred Stamps, the CFL’s leading receiver from 2009, limped off the practice field at Clarke Park after falling to the ground with safety Jason Nugent Friday, but is expected to play Sunday.

“I think we’re as healthy as we can expect to be at this time,” Hall said. “I feel real good going into the game.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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