It didn’t take long for Eskimo GM Ed Hervey and Player Personnel boss Paul Jones to start working the phones after All-Star running back John White left the facility on crutches, wearing a walking boot.
Suddenly, the team that had few questions in need of answers could be on the hunt for healthy bodies. White was the biggest name to go down but not the only one on a busy day for the Esks’ training staff.
Receiver Kenny Stafford whom the Esks acquired from Montreal in an off-season deal for Fred Stamps, crumpled in a heap and got up gingerly holding his right arm.
About the growing list of wounded, Eskimo Head Coach Chris Jones said “welcome to camp. When you practice ten times in a row there will be bumps and bruises”.
The Esks can only hope that White is merely bumped and bruised but it’s not welcome news just six days before the team plays the ‘Riders in the Ft. McMurray exhibition game.
Second year defensive back Otha Foster was hobbled with what appeared to be a leg injury while rookies Andrew Jones and Marcus Rucker took early leave from practice.