Ramsay dodges Esks curse

Eskimos guard Brian Ramsay during practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta., Aug. 3,...

Eskimos guard Brian Ramsay during practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta., Aug. 3, 2011. (DAVID BLOOM/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:17 AM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos didn’t wait until Halloween to start talking about curses.

One almost became the centre of attention on Saturday night after a bloody and helmet-less Gord Hinse headed to the sidelines with an injury — the third Eskimos centre to do so this season.

“I thought about that, I’m not going to lie,” Hinse said. “That should be the last thing on my mind during the game. That’s just the way it is.”

As Hinse was having his swollen left eye looked at, left guard Brian Ramsay shuffled over one spot to become the fourth Eskimo to snap a ball to Ricky Ray this year.

And it was just for one snap too, which resulted in Ricky Ray completing a 20-yard touchdown pass to slotback Jason Barnes, closing out the opening quarter with Edmonton’s first touchdown of the night.

“That’s the best play to come in for, right?” Ramsay said. “Obviously, Gord got a little banged up and we had to move guys around, but coaches prepare us for that and it’s something that happens”

And, as it turns out, Hinse is no more scared of black cats than black eyes, getting patched up in time to resume his regular role on the offence’s next possession.

“It’s a testament to Gord to come back so quick, they didn’t have to leave me in there that long,” said Ramsay, who is not unfamiliar with the snapping role. “I played a little bit in training camp and, it’s funny enough, each year I’ve played I’ve snapped the ball in the middle at some point during a game.

“So I don’t know what kind of luck that is, but every season I’ve ended up there for a snap or two.”

Indeed, the football gods were smiling on the O-line Saturday because things could have turned out much worse.

Just ask former starting centres Aaron Fiacconi or Kyle Koch, who have since landed on the nine-game injured list.

“I knew as long as he could see he’d be back out there, that’s kind of the way he is. But run around with your helmet off, that’s dangerous,” said Koch, who is rehabbing a knee, while Fiacconi went under the knife to repair a torn rotator cuff. “You’d hate for somebody to smash you.

“I (once) ran in a field goal that got made without my helmet and that was the moment where I was like, ‘I’m not sure this was a good idea.’ ”

For another moment on Saturday, it looked a lot like the plague that befell the four starting import receivers, who were all injured the same time earlier in the year.

“It almost seems worse because as much as it’s five O-linemen, it’s one spot,” Koch said. “It’s like the X-receiver — or something, whatever that means — getting hurt four times.

“It’s a little crazy, man.”

IN AND OUT: In Saturday’s game, RG Greg Wojt reaggravated an ankle injury that forced him to miss the previous three weeks. He left the game in the second half favouring the ankle, which had initially been rolled upon by a teammate in practice.

“Greg is probably a situation where we’re really going to get a good assessment (Tuesday),” Reed said. “Right now, it doesn’t look very favourable but who knows what another 24 hours will do for that ankle.”

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