Eskimos' Prude discharged from hospital

Ronnie Prude is attended to by staff after being injured during the second half of the Edmonton...

Ronnie Prude is attended to by staff after being injured during the second half of the Edmonton Eskimos' 28-20 win against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

EDMONTON - It wouldn't be prudent to speculate on the injury status of Ronnie Prude, but early signs are pointing toward a positive outcome.

The Edmonton Eskimos defensive back gave over 40,000 people at Commonwealth Stadium a scare on Friday, when he was carried off the field by an ambulance with a brace on his neck.

The least of whom were members of his family, including his mother and his six-year-old son, who were accompanied by Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman to hospital in the ambulance.

"Lots of prayers were answered (Friday) night," Tillman said. "It was tough watching Ronnie's adorable little boy crying in the ambulance when he saw his dad strapped down and with an IV in his arm."

The two Shreveport, La., residents were visiting Edmonton to take in their first Eskimos game.

Fortunately, after undergoing a series of tests, Prude was discharged from hospital late Friday night.

His status for this week's game against the Montreal Alouettes is unknown as the club had yet to release an official statement as of press time.

"That's tough because I was injured once before and you can just pray for a guy like that to be strong," said quarterback Steven Jyles. "We keep our prayers out for him and his family.

"Hopefully he'll be OK and he'll return soon."

As hard as it was to see Prude go down, Jyles said the show must go on.

"You have to refocus and not only play for yourself, but you've lost one of your teammates, your soldiers, and you have to go out and play extra hard and try to pull the game off for that guy."

They came up with a win, but it may have come at a heavy cost.

"It's always tough seeing a teammate get carted off the field," said fellow defensive back Chris Thompson. "We're all praying for his speedy recovery."

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