Ricky could be ready

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 PM ET

Timing is everything, and if Ricky Ray is lucky, he won’t miss much of it.

After the Eskimos quarterback left the game with a collarbone injury in last week’s 56-15 loss to the Calgary Stampeders, he was at least able to rest it over the bye week.

Ray, who was back throwing at practice Monday, said he doesn’t expect to miss any more time. However, backup Jared Zabransky took the majority of repetitions.

“I feel pretty good. I feel like I can go out there and be all right,” said Ray. “So that’s what I’m going to do, practise all week and go out and play.”

While his body recuperated, Ray had time to reflect on the Eskimos’ 1-6 start to the season, their worst since he joined the team in 2002.

“It’s tough. Nobody likes it, nobody’s used to it, but sometimes adversity really shows what true character you have,” said Ray, who returned to the practice field with the rest of his team for the first time following the bye week.

“You try to get away from it a little bit, but it’s not something that you can just totally forget about.

“You’re just trying to ask yourself why everything’s happening and why it’s so hard.

“It shouldn’t be this hard to win football games. Something’s happening that we just haven’t been able to figure out yet. But we’re going to just try to treat this as a new season for us. Come in with a fresh mind and see what we can do this week.”

While Ray says he is physically 100%, head coach Richie Hall said the quarterback will have to be evaluated closer to Saturday’s game against the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders to see if he will be ready to play or not.

Whether Ray’s ready or not, the Eskimos will have to be.

“If you’re hurt, the team just keeps going,” Ray said. “You’ve just got to keep coming out and lining up every week.”

– Moddejonge


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