Downed Eskimos QB Mike Reilly not ruling out early return

Mike Reilly says even when he was being carted off the field last weekend, he was thinking ahead to...

Mike Reilly says even when he was being carted off the field last weekend, he was thinking ahead to this weekend's game. (IAN KUCERAK/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:38 AM ET

EDMONTON - A concussion to their starting quarterback couldn’t have come at a worse time for his Edmonton Eskimos.

Not that there is ever a good time to get injured, but losing Mike Reilly ahead of a game against the one opponent that stands between them and the faintest of playoff hopes is about as far from good as it gets.

This Saturday’s game against the visiting Montreal Alouettes is an interdivisional game that is worth four points in a crossover scenario — which will be the only way for Edmonton to make the post-season if and when the Saskatchewan Roughriders win another game.

“I was thinking about Saturday’s game when I was getting taken off the field into the locker-room last week, that’s just how I am,” Reilly said after watching practice from the sideline Tuesday. “So yeah, I still have hopes that I will be on the field but that’s not my decision. Really, it’s how my body reacts and how my mind and brain react to everything that we’re going to do.


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