Ray may be out a while

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:10 AM ET

CALGARY — Losing the game wasn’t the worst thing to happen to the Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday.

Starting quarterback Ricky Ray went down in the second quarter with injuries to his ribs and sternum after taking a punishing hit by Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman DeVone Claybrooks.

“I caught Ricky right under his arm,” Claybrooks said. “He winced. The thing about Ricky is you can hit him 100 times and he usually holds up. Dario (Romero) and I hit him when I was in Montreal and blood came out of his nose. He still got up. He shook it off.

“This was a good shot I guess. I hope he’s OK.”

“I’m feeling better, we’ll find out more (Monday),” Ray said following the 56-15 loss at McMahon Stadium Sunday night. “I got landed on in my chest area. The doctors gave it a look, everything seems to be OK.”

On the play, Ray completed a nine-yard pass to slotback Andre Talbot, which initiated a an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive that involved all three of the Eskimos quarterbacks completing a pass midway through the second quarter. It was the only offensive productivity the Eskimos managed all night.

After taking the hit, Ray went back under centre and scrambled for six yards before being tackled again. He was unable to throw the ball on the sidelines without pain.

“I tried to throw one ball and it was pretty painful and I couldn’t really get anything on it,” said Ray, who ended his night by going two for five with a total of 19 passing yards. “We’re pretty low right now. We’re just not coming out and playing like we want to play and it’s really frustrating right now.

“It’s happenng every week and we’ve just got to find a way to snap out of it and just come out ready to play.”

Whether Ray will be physically ready to go or not is another question.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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