Esks QB's play wait and see

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:18 PM ET

If two’s company and three’s a crowd, then what do you call four healthy quarterbacks?

It’s a question the Edmonton Eskimos will have to answer after signing 37-year-old Kerry Joseph to their practice squad Monday, in the wake of a shoulder injury to Ricky Ray that has him listed as week-to-week.

The 2007 CFL Most Outstanding Player joins a stable containing Jared Zabransky, Jason Maas and practice-squad pivot Matt Nichols.

“I don’t know really what that means,” said Jared Zabransky, who has been promoted to first string in Ray’s absence. “He’s coming in, we’ve got a young guy as our (No.) 3 right now so we need an extra guy in case something happens. That’s what I understand of it.”

It’s likely Joseph will be activated if and when Ray is officially listed as injured. But just where the former Grey Cup champion will fit in the mix remains to be seen.

“I don’t make those decisions. Whenever they want me to play, I’ll play,” said Zabransky, who will get the start Saturday.

The Eskimos have given themselves the opportunity to put two proven veterans with playoff experience behind him through Joseph’s addition.

“Ricky’s not healthy right now, so going into the playoffs if Ricky couldn’t go, that’s the way we were explained, you need somebody to come in with CFL experience,” said Maas. “Matt Nichols, who we have here, doesn’t have the experience that Kerry has.”

But Maas definitely does …

“They haven’t explained to me that I’m not going to be here if Kerry gets here,” Maas said. “Until they explain that to me, then I’m going to take it as they just need more experience at this position.

“If they’re bringing him in and getting rid of me then, yeah, I guess I’d be a little pissed off about it but that’s their decision.”

– Moddejonge


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