|After being released by the Eskimos, Cory Boyd could be back in the fold after Hugh Charles injured his knee in Friday's game against the Lions. (Perry Mah/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos offence could barely get off the ground on Friday.
Now, a knee injury has made it questionable as to whether running back Hugh Charles will be ready for next Sunday’s game in Montreal.
According to TSN, Cory Boyd has agreed to return to the team. Boyd was recently released by the Eskimos in what GM Eric Tillman termed a salary cap issue, shortly after head coach Kavis Reed declared Charles the No. 1 running back.
Boyd was the CFL’s leading rusher when the Eskimos signed him after he was released by the Argos. He became a victim of the CFL numbers game in his stint with Edmonton.
“I don’t know the full diagnosis yet, but he obviously wasn’t able to go back in,” head coach Kavis Reed said of Charles, who earned 35 yards on seven carries in an anemic rushing attack that managed just 75 total yards against the top-ranked B.C. Lions defence.
Jerome Messam finished the game in Vancouver.
“I’m OK,” the 5-foot-8, 193-pound Charles said after the game. “I got my knee hit when I was blocking and it’s sore right now. Whenever you’re in a position where you’re trying to block and all this pressure is coming, you can’t really look out for yourself.”
With 887 rushing yards and two games left to go in the regular season, Charles is 113 shy of reaching the 1,000-yard mark.
B.C.’s Andrew Harris hit the milestone Friday.
IN AND OUT: Eskimos LT Orrin Thompson also left Friday’s game with a leg injury, but is expected to be back in the lineup this week.
“Orrin should be fine,” Reed said after the game. “Right now, they are just looking at a lower-body situation.”