Ricky Ray ready to play

Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray wasn’t able to finish his last game, but will start today against the...

Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray wasn’t able to finish his last game, but will start today against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. (JASON FRANSON/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:50 AM ET

Ricky Ray will play.

The Edmonton Eskimos quarterback wasn’t able to finish his last game, but will start today against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Nursing an injured sternum after taking a tackle from Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman DeVone Claybrookes before the bye week, Ray’s duties in recent practices were split evenly between backups Jason Maas and Jared Zabransky.

But it turned out to be simply precautionary.

“He feels really good, it’s very positive,” head coach Richie Hall said Friday of his starting pivot.

“Right now it’s a very strong indication, and when we visited with him (Thursday), he said it was the best he’s felt all week.

“Unless something else dictates something different, he’s going to be ready to play.”

Ray doesn’t expect anything less.

“I feel great, so the coach knows I can go. I just expect to go out there and play (Saturday),” said Ray, who was 22-for-31 with 309 yards and no TDs or interceptions in their first meeting of the year, a 24-20 loss in Regina.

“We moved the ball pretty well against them the first game we played. We just made a lot of mistakes in the scoring zone.

“We had a couple of turnovers and a couple of missed opportunities.

“It’s been the same story for us against every team, moving the ball pretty well, but when we get to the score zone we just need to find a way to capitalize.

“It’s more about us taking care of our own business than what other teams are doing.”

But while the Eskimos have been in the red, record-wise, business has been booming for the Roughriders, who are expected to have a strong contingent of supporters in the 50,000-strong crowd expected today at Commonwealth Stadium.

“If they come in (overconfident), hopefully we can take advantage of a slow start by them. But I don’t expect that.

“We’ve got to expect that they’re going to play their best game and we’ve got to do the same.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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