Downed receiver gives Esks a scare
By Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency
|Receiver Tyler Scott, centre, seen here earlier this week at Eskimos training camp, was taken off the field in an ambulance Friday with an apparent shoulder injury. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos had a long, drawn-out scare turn into a close call in training camp on Friday.
An ambulance had to be called onto the field at Commonwealth Stadium after receiver Tyler Scott remained motionless following a passing play down the sideline.
The Windsor, Ont., slotback stretched out for a catch against former Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Rico Murray on a deep ball, nearly making the catch before coming down hard on his shoulder.
Scott, who factored in late last season, scoring his first career touchdown in the push to the West Division final, remained motionless as anxious minutes passed.
His right arm could be seen moving as his practice jersey was cut loose by team training staff attending to him where he laid.
“Everything is precautionary. We’re going to take it as if we don’t know, which we don’t,” Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed said following practice. “They took the proper precaution. They did a phenomenal job of securing Tyler and we’ll find out later.”
While the injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as it could have been, as Scott was immobilized and placed on a stretcher before being loaded in the ambulance, Eskimos training staff received a call from one of Scott’s family members who had reportedly learned of the incident via Twitter.
Concern was obvious among his teammates, too. Especially Murray, who couldn’t help but feel some remorse despite playing the ball cleanly in breaking up the pass.
“He was trying to make a great play. I was trying to keep him from making a great play,” said Murray, a 24-year-old Kent State product. “When we came down, it was just an awkward landing. We both landed on our sides, he had both arms extended, I only had one arm extended so it was more of an impact for him than it was for me.
“The only thing I heard was my helmet thud as I hit the ground. I was just praying it was more than likely just the wind being knocked out of him.”
Fellow receiver Adarius Bowman spoke with his teammate before he was taken by ambulance.
“I did talk to T. Scott while he was over there and he sounded like everything’s going to be all right,” said Bowman, who was kept from participating in the morning session in order to rest his legs. “The training staff went through their protocol. Like, T. Scott wanted to get up, but I think there were things that needed to be done.”
No update on Scott’s condition was provided by the team as of Friday evening.
TIPPING SCALES: On the same day the Eskimos lost Scott to injury for an undetermined amount of time, the team signed free agent import receiver Cordarol Scales, out of Fort Hays State.
The six-foot-four, 220-pound Van Nuys, Californian was a two-time all-MIAA honourable mention, playing in the Cactus Bowl as an NCAA Division II all-star.
An undrafted free agent with the NFL’s New York Jets that year, the 23-year-old has been on the Eskimos radar over the off-season.
“Ed Hervey worked out Cordarol in California last month. He liked what he saw and recommended him highly, but we already had 16 receivers under contract,” said Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman. “With a few of our receivers nicked up in camp, this is a good opportunity to bring Cordarol in and let him compete.”