Esks QB Mike Reilly cleared, but will he play?

Eskimos QB Mike Reilly listens while head coach Kavis Reed speaks about Reilly's condition at...

Eskimos QB Mike Reilly listens while head coach Kavis Reed speaks about Reilly's condition at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Reilly has been diagnosed with a concussion after a hard hit during a Sept. 28 game against the Argos. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos should know by Friday morning whether or not their starting quarterback will be cleared to play as the season hangs in the balance this week.

But should that necessarily mean he will?

Mike Reilly continued taking first-team reps in practice for the second day in a row Thursday, after sitting out Tuesday’s training session due to a concussion suffered from a helmet-to-helmet hit by Toronto Argonauts defensive tackle Cleyon Laing in their last game.

“There’s still a process in place, he still has some things to do to get medical clearance, so we were preparing with the hope that he will be available to us,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed.

But with so much of the spotlight being shone on concussions in professional sports and the long-term effects being discovered, there is heat on the team to sit Reilly even if he is cleared to play.


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