Canadian Football League

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Ray hurt as teams battle to Canadian Football League tie

The Edmonton Eskimos hope it won't be long before star quarterback Ricky Ray recovers from the hyper-extended right knee he suffered early in the second quarter of the Edmonton Eskimos opening pre-season game Friday.
Leading 7-0 on Edmonton's opening drive of the second quarter, the 25-year-old Ray rolled out to the right and completed a pass to fullback Mathieu Bertrand before getting hit by Winnipeg defensive end Marcus Jones and falling awkwardly to the turf, grabbing at his right knee.
''It was a lot of pain when it happened,'' said Ray, who signed a multiyear contract with the Eskimos May 16. ''It scared me there for a little bit.''
Ray, who said he knew something was wrong the instant he planted his leg to throw, remained on the turf at Commonwealth Stadium for several minutes before slowly limping off to the field to receive medical attention on Edmonton's bench. A short time later he limped to the dressing-room.
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''I just have some soreness in the back of the knee,'' said Ray after the game with a ice wrap covering the injury.
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Eskimos coach Danny Maciocia said Ray will likely not play in the Eskimos final pre-season game Thursday in Winnipeg, but expects he will be ready for the regular season.
''Everybody is just one hit away,'' said Maciocia. ''But we know that Ricky will be fine.''
Ray, who was only scheduled to play the first half, had earlier completed five straight passes to set up Sean Fleming's 17-yard field goal on the Eskimos opening drive of the game. He re-signed with Edmonton after being released from the New York Jets on May 5 following one season in the NFL.
Ray left Edmonton following the 2003 season after leading the Eskimos to the Grey Cup, and left the Jets disappointed after being told he would compete for a backup job.
Khari Jones replaced Ray with newcomer Jason Johnson backing up at quarterback. The Eskimos also kept former starter Jason Maas on the bench except to hold for field goals as he recovers from shoulder surgery on his throwing arm.
Following the injury to Ray Edmonton promptly surrendered 10 second quarter points but scored a late touchdown to lead 13-10 at the half.
The game ended tied 20-20 on a Sean Fleming 30-yard field goal with no time remaining in the fourth.


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