Eskimos protected Mike Reilly against Alouettes

The Edmonton Eskimos say the decision whether to let Mike Reilly use his run-and-gun style will...

The Edmonton Eskimos say the decision whether to let Mike Reilly use his run-and-gun style will depend on what kind of defence Saskatchewan offers up on Saturday. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 PM ET

You be the judge.

The Edmonton Eskimos are adamant the play of Mike Reilly last Saturday had nothing to do with the fact the starting quarterback was coming off a concussion and everything to do with game planning for the Montreal Alouettes.

But it sure looked like his coaches were head shy the way they were play-calling Reilly, who didn’t make a single attempt at rushing the ball while employing a new-look, one-step drop, quick-release to his primary read before getting hit.

“If we’re going to design plays around the possibility of me getting hurt, I may as well just not play anymore,” Reilly said. “Every time that you step foot on that field, you understand you’re at risk of an injury.

“But if you’re playing with that in mind, you aren’t going to be effective in this league.”

Instead of his usual dual-threat, run-and-gun performances that rank him third overall with 3,345 passing yards, and sixth in league rushing with 539 yards, an ineffective, one-d


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