Eskimos’ Jason Maas senses angst, frustration from QB Trevor Harris regarding injury

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Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Trevor Harris just wants to play football

His head coach can tell it’s bugging the franchise QB to miss game time.

“He’s chomping at the bit to play. But you can only deal with what you have and right now it’s not allowing him to do his job,” Maas said.

“Theres’s some angst and there’s some frustration there that he can’t do it and I know he wants to. So the want-to is there but right now it’s hard for him to go out there and perform.”

Harris did take reps with the first-team offence at practice on Wednesday, but Logan Kilgore had the majority of snaps behind centre. The prized off-season acquisition left the Eskimos Week 13 loss against Calgary with an injury to his right throwing arm.

“He’s still not 100 percent which is what you hoped would happen. We’ll make a decision for the week based on how he’s feeling,” Maas said.

“Obviously, the the emotions of going back to Ottawa it would be an exciting game for him to play in. He’s been out a little too long the way he looks at things. His health just needs to get better in order for him to play.”

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.