Eskimos quarterback Trevor Harris 'chomping at the bit to play'
Injured Eskimos quarterback Trevor Harris was no closer to resuming his starting role on Wednesday.
While he once again donned a helmet Wednesday after being mainly a spectator as the week of practice opened a day earlier, his throws were limited as backup Logan Kilgore took the lion’s share of reps.
And the Eskimos haven’t seen what they need to at this stage of the recovery process out of their QB1.
“No, not exactly. At this point, he’s still not 100 per cent, which is what you hope will happen,” said head coach Jason Maas. “We will report more when he goes into the locker-room and gets looked at here after practice and make a decision for the week based on how he’s feeling.”
Harris missed his first start of the season last week against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after an injury to his throwing arm sidelined him a week earlier one quarter into the Labour Day Rematch.
“I think he’s chomping at the bit to play, but you can only deal with what you have,” Maas said. “Right now, it’s not allowing him to do his job. So I think there’s some angst and some frustration there that he can’t do it. I know he wants to, so the want-to’s there, but right now, it’s kind of hard for him to go out there and perform with where he’s at.”
And with the Eskimos going to the nation’s capital to face an Ottawa Redblacks club he spent the past three seasons with, Harris has the spotlight even more centred on his recovery this week.
“I think the way Trevor’s approached this whole year, he doesn’t take any game lightly or take any game differently, but I think going back to Ottawa, it will probably be a pretty emotional game for him,” Maas said. “Or, at least, an exciting game for him to play in. I don’t know if emotional is the right word.
“But ultimately, I think he is going to be excited the next time he gets to play. He’s been out a little too long, the way he looks at things. He can only control what he can control right now and his health just needs to get better in order for him to play.”
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