Edmonton's infirmary getting full

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:57 PM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos receiving corps took another hit to their numbers Thursday as slotback Jason Barnes sat out practice on the sidelines.

Barnes joined fellow slotback Kelly Campbell, who injured his ankle on a punt return in last Saturday's 17-14 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"He just rolled his ankle (on Wednesday) a little bit and we are just taking precaution," Eskimos head coach Richie Hall said of Barnes. "He could have practised if he had to practise. Why not give him a break? And he'll be out there tomorrow."

The Eskimos also expect both Barnes and Campbell will start in Monday's game against the Calgary Stampeders.

West division-leading receiver Fred Stamps is doubtful Monday as he continues to rehab a separated shoulder. Stamps currently sits two receiving yards ahead of Calgary's Nik Lewis.

With their big three sidelined, the Eskimos aerial unit stepped up in practice Thursday, with big grabs on display by Tremayne Kirkland, Jamaica Rector and Tyler Scott.

"One man's misfortune is another man's opportunity," said Hall. "Another opportunity to step up and make plays. We're a football team, we're not a one- or two-guy football team.

"It takes all of us. When you have an opportunity to make a play, make a play.

"It's nice to see them make some diving catches, some big catches -- a force in practice, because all that does is build confidence for them and for us going into the game."

Eskimos safety Saleem Borhot returned to practice Wednesday from an ankle injury, only to reaggravate it and return to the sidelines.

"It's a little different story there, because he's been hurt for the last (three weeks) and he's just not ready right now," said Hall. "It's a day-to-day assessment but I suspect that he'll be out for the remainder of the week."

With Elliott Richardson still on the nine-game injured list, Jason Nugent will get the start again at safety Monday.


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