Eskimos rookie sidelined by injury

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:46 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos’ first draft pick in 2011 was also the first to be sidelined by injury at rookie camp this week.

Offensive lineman Scott Mitchell has yet to suit up with the team that took him second overall in last month’s CFL draft, after missing Wednesday’s opening because his physical hadn’t been completed.

“Fortunately for us, he was delayed in taking part in his physical because we found a little bit of an issue with his left knee,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “But nothing that the doctors who came back (Thursday) morning said is going to keep him out of camp for a long time.

“We’re going to be very careful with him. X-rays were perfectly fine, but because we have plans for Scott, we’re not going to beat him up out here.”

The injury didn’t happen on the practice field.

“Just a slight twist when he was working out,” said Reed. “We’re going to test the guys with the 300-shuttle on Saturday. He was preparing for that and had a slight twist.

“Structurally there is no damage, as the doctors have said, and we’re going to be cautious with it.”

That’s because the plans the Eskimos have in store for the six-foot-four, 295-pounder out of Rice, go well beyond rookie camp, training camp and even just earning a spot on the roster.

“We are fully expecting him to come in and compete for a starting position,” Reed said. “We know that we have to be very judicious in how we push him in terms of whether he is able to start or not.

“But we also want to be very prudent in how we develop him.”

AUDIBLE: Head scout Ed Hervey tossed his watch to a member of the media, who had been admiring it from the stands, but went to the effort of getting up and handing it back to the legendary Eskimos receiver.

“You could have thrown it back,” Hervery smiled. “I can still catch.”


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