Quarterback Trevor Harris was taking first-team reps on Wednesday at Edmonton Eskimos practice.
“He practiced today. He made progress today. We’ll evaluate him again tomorrow to make sure he feels good tomorrow. We’ll see how he looks tomorrow and make our decision from there when we need to,” head coach Jason Maas said.
“It’s really a matter of how he rebounds tomorrow whether we can go forward from there. It’s really just a matter of being comfortable throwing the ball and being able to adjust however it feels.”
It was the first time Harris directed the offence at practice since Edmonton returned from the bye week. Harris left the Eskimos Week 13 loss against Calgary with an injury to his right throwing arm and even after a bye week has yet to throw a football during a green and gold session.
“It got to the point where it was too aggravated to keep playing. It didn’t work very well in that game. However long he’s been dealing with it doesn’t matter,” Maas said.
“You can only do that for so long if you’re ineffective or you feel like you’re not going to be effective.”
The Eskimos signal caller completed 3-of-5 passes for nine yards and one touchdown to Tevaun Smith versus the Stampeders. Backup QB Logan Kilgore ran the offence for the rest of the game which Edmonton lost 33-17. Harris’ status for Week 15 when the Hamilton Ticats come to Commonwealth Stadium remains uncertain. Maas and general manager Brock Sunderland will make the final decision.
“It’s been a while, the Winnipeg game is when it happened and I’ve kind of just been gutting through it. The last game it just got to the point where I couldn’t do it. I’ve played through a lot in my life and I thought we could just keep plugging,” Harris said.
“It just got to the point where I was going to hurt the team being out there and I couldn’t feel it coming out of my hand, so it was just really frustrating. It was debilitating just not being able to throw a football. It’s like one of your senses is gone.”
Harris leads the league in passing yards with 3,706 to go along with a sparkling 15-4 touchdown to interception ratio in his first season as an Eskimo. The 33-year-old signed a two-year contract worth $1.1 million with Edmonton during free agency.