Eskimos could wait until game time to decide on Trevor Harris playing against Redblacks

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It’s still unknown whether Trevor Harris will make the trip back to Ottawa for a meeting with his old Redblacks team in Week 16.

“It’s day-to-day. Talking to him the last couple days he seems to be feeling better, but ultimately the biggest test will be him throwing again and we’re not going to have to do that for another day or two,” head coach Jason Maas said.

“The moment he’s deciding that he can throw it the way he needs to be successful or to feel good in a game then he’ll be playing. But not a moment too soon from that. Trevor stays locked into the game plans. He’s been working his butt off in treatment trying to get this thing right and ultimately only time will tell.”

Maas and general manager Brock Sunderland elected to allow Harris a week to heal while going with Logan Kilgore as the starting quarterback versus the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Week 15. Kilgore completed 22-of-36 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in the last-second loss.

“If he shows up our first day of practice and can throw it, he’ll start and play. And if he can’t we’ll wait until the very end until we decide to not let him play. But we can make that decision all the way up until the game time,” Maas said.

“The amount he prepares, the amount of time that he’s had in our system, the amount of time that he’s played in his career, he doesn’t need a whole lot of reps to be sharp. What he needs to be sharp is his arm be able to function like it has his whole life.”

Harris left the Eskimos Week 13 loss against Calgary with an injury to his right throwing arm. Edmonton’s signal caller completed 3-of-5 passes for nine yards and one touchdown to Tevaun Smith.

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, leaving Ottawa following a contract disagreement with Redblacks general manager Marcel Desjardins.

Edmonton has lost four straight games and sit 6-7 fourth place in the West Division. Harris could be a much-needed boost for a reeling Eskimos team.