Ray should be OK for Esks

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:36 PM ET

Having already lost their top receiver, things could get very ugly for the Edmonton Eskimos if their starting quarterback would be down for an extended period of time.

However, that doesn’t appear to be the case with Ricky Ray, who was forced out of Sunday’s contest in Calgary.

“The X-rays revealed that there was nothing broken,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall on Tuesday. “There is just some bruising in his chest and his collarbone, that’s all. He’s just real sore. Right now, with the players on a break, it’s more of a day-to-day thing, and we’ll reassess it when he comes back.

“But from a structural point, everything is intact and everything is good.”

Ray was injured in the second quarter after getting pancaked by Stampeders defensive lineman Devone Claybrooks.

Jared Zabransky and Jason Maas both entered the game in relief of Ray, but apart from one drive, had difficulty moving the ball up the field.

Zabransky finished eight-for-16 passing for 107 yards with a touchdown and interception which was taken all the way back into the end zone by Dwight Anderson. Maas finished five-for-eight for 62 yards and an interception.

“Zabransky took more snaps than he’s ever had and he did some good things,” Hall said. “It was a learning experience for him. There are some things that I’m sure that he would like to have back, but he got an opportunity to run around and show some of the abilities that he does have.”

Ray has two weeks to recover. If he’s unable to go, the Eskimos will re-evaluate the situation.

“We haven’t got to that point yet, we haven’t had a chance to talk about it,” Hall said. “With Ricky and Jason we’ve always said we have a No. 1 and a No. 1A quarterback.

“But we’ll see what happens when the time comes to make that decision.”

— Van Diest


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