Hurtin' Eskies are a healin'

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:43 PM ET

They're not quite halfway through the season and already the injuries are piling up for the Edmonton Eskimos.

But there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

Slotback Kelly Campbell was on crutches at Wednesday's practice after injuring his ankle on a punt return last Saturday. But he is expected to return to practice this week and be ready for Monday's game.

"His ankle's a little bit sore, but he'll be OK," said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. "(The crutches) are just out of precaution to make sure he keeps pressure off the leg."

Defensive end Greg Peach practised in pads for the first time since injuring his ankle in the season opener.

"It was real exciting because he's excited to be out there," said Hall. "It's the first time he put his pads on since the first game. He looked good. I think he's going to look better and better as each day goes on and he becomes more confident.

"I think he feels confident in his (ankle) out there, which is important."

While Peach is sidelined for at least another two weeks on the nine-game, both safety Elliott Richardson and kick returner Tristan Jackson are scheduled to come off the nine-game injured list following the Labour Day game.

Fullback Graeme Bell was also in pads after nursing an ankle injury for much of the season. Safety Saleem Borhot was also back in pads for the first time since twisting an ankle at the beginning of August against the Toronto Argonauts, but appeared to reaggravate the injury and will have more x-rays.

"We're getting healthier as the season progresses," Hall said. "You've got Elliott coming off, you've got (LB Mark) Restelli coming off. We have some other guys that are nicked up that will be coming back shortly, like Graeme Bell and (RB) Calvin (McCarty).

"We have a number of guys that are legitimately hurt and there's a reason why they're not playing."


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