Training-camp practices may not have as much contact as games, but they can still have scary moments for the players involved. One of those came at the Edmonton Eskimos' practice Friday morning, as receiver Tyler Scott collided in mid-air with defensive back Rico Murray and landed awkwardly on his collarbone, with Murray falling on top of him. Scott was immediately attended to by trainers, but stayed on the ground without moving much for 45 minutes before leaving in an ambulance. As Eskimos' head coach Kavis Reed told Chris O'Leary of The Edmonton Journal, the focus was on keeping Scott still until the ambulance arrived:
"Whenever we're dealing with something upper body, it's standard protocol that you're not going to move (him) suddenly," said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. "You're going to take every precaution and make certain that once he gets to the hospital, everything is stabilized and they have an opportunity to give him X-rays or whatever is necessary. Tyler had most of his extremities going and we're very optimistic."
That certainly sounds positive, but this is still a frightening situation. It wasn't from a tackle, either, but rather just one of the collisions you frequently see when two players go up for a ball. Most of the time, they land without incident or with only some bruises, but anything can happen in those situations. The Eskimos are well aware of that from the time Jason Barnes ruptured his spleen in a 2010 game against Hamilton, and it sounds like they did everything right here; with a potential collarbone or shoulder injury, you want to be extremely careful not to move the player unnecessarily. Hopefully, Scott will be all right and recover quickly; the 26-year-old Canadian only had eight catches for 87 yards last season, but could play a bigger role with Edmonton this year if healthy. This incident's an important reminder that football always carries risks, whether it's in practices or games, and that's something that should be kept in mind as training camps continue.
Update: The Esks' Twitter account reports that Scott "suffered a broken collarbone Friday" and is "sidelined indefinitely."