Esks' secret weapon unleashed

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 AM ET

EDMONTON - It turns out he was playing possum.

After sitting on Kelly Campbell throughout the preseason, the Edmonton Eskimos dressed the slotback as a last-minute addition in Sundays season opener against the B.C. Lions.

It was his first game with the Edmonton Eskimos since leading the CFL with and average of 22.6 yards per reception as a rookie in the 2008 season.

With the little amount of time Ive had to get myself ready I think I did an all right job, said Campbell, who arrived late to training camp and didnt participate in either of the preseason games. I probably had a couple of little wrinkles and mental mistakes out there, but its just something to go back and watch film and correct.

Campbell led all Eskimos receivers Sunday with eight catches for 75 yards.

I didnt know how it was going to go down, Campbell said. I was just really getting myself together to go out there and do whatever they expected of me. We had a couple of plays here and there, had a couple of missed execution plays too.

If keeping Campbell in the closet until it counted was the game plan all along, the receiver said he wasnt in on the decision.

I didnt think I would get that much playing time, it was a surprise to me, he said. I found out (Sunday), actually. Throughout the week I just prepared myself mentally and physically for whatever they had for me. I had myself ready for it. I didnt expect to, but I ran around out there and got it done.

However, Campbell left the game early with what was reported as cramps before returning, but ended up being helped to the locker-room in the final two minutes with back spasms.

Its a bad muscle spasm that went around through my whole shoulder, through my chest, Campbell said after the game. I was just having problems breathing, I couldnt really rotate how I wanted to.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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