After a few days off the Eskimos were back to work on the field Thursday preparing for Monday’s Labour Day Classic in Calgary against the first place Stampeders.
The Eskimos won their third straight game last Friday 33-25 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders to improve their record to 5-4 and share of third place in the Western Division with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Stampeders are in first place in the West and have the best record in the CFL at 7-1-1 at the halfway point. Quarteback Mike Reilly will make his first start in the Labour Day Classic since the 2013 season and says he’s excited to see where his team stacks up against the Stampeders.
Running back John White returned to practice Thursday after missing one game with a gruesome hand injury suffered in game in Toronto.
White took first team reps but head coach Jason Maas says he wants to see both White and Shakir Bell’s work in practice before making a decision on who starts on Monday.
Bell rushed 18 times for 138 yards, recorded 170 yards from scrimmage and scored a receiving touchdown against the Riders. Bell says no matter who starts on Friday the Eskimos will have a good running back.
“I feel like we have one of the best backfield in the league if not the best backfield,” Bell said. “Regardless of who’s up the backfield is going to be competitive. There’s always going to be a guy that’s in that backfied who will protect the football and protect Mike Reilly first and foremost. If we get the ball me and John are both gifted enough to do what we want to.”
White says he appreciates the respect Bell has towards him.
“I feel the same way about him, it mutal respect but we still come out and compete every day and I want to see him do well and he wants to see me do well.
Kick-off on Monday from McMahon Staduim is 1pm, 630 CHED will have the pre-game show at 11:30am.