Esks' Barnes future uncertain

Con Griwkowsky, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

EDMONTON - HAMILTON ó The football future of Edmonton Eskimos receiver Jason Barnes remains uncertain.

Barnes remained in a Hamilton hospital as the team returned home Saturday.

Barnes suffered a spleen injury during the game and the best-case scenario would be a bruise, which would spell the end of his season.

ďWeíll wait and see if it will settle down,Ē said team spokesman Dave Jamieson.

Team physician Dr. John Clarke stayed behind in Hamilton to help observe Barnesís progress.

Depending on the extent of the damage, itís expected a decision on whether the spleen will require surgery will be made by Sunday morning.

Itís not known at what point Barnes sustained the injury.

The second-year Eskimo out of Sacramento State caught one pass in Fridayís game for 26 yards.

So far this season, Barnes has made 35 catches for 608 yards and a team-leading three touchdown catches.

At the time of his injury, he was the teamís No. 3 yardage producer, behind Fred Stamps and Kelly Campbell.

A speedy deep-threat receiver, Barnes holds the teamís longest single-catch mark this season ó 70 yards.