Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Esks Quarterback Joseph to Start at against Stamps in Labour Day Game

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Esks Quarterback Joseph to Start at against Stamps in Labour Day Game

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Esks to start Joseph at QB against Stamps

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CALGARY - Edmonton's backup quarterback Kerry Joseph will get a chance to show his stuff in the Labour Day Classic.

With quarterback Steven Jyles still nursing a knee injury, Joseph has been named the Eskimos' starter for Monday's game against the Stampeders (4-4) at McMahon Stadium.

The 38-year-old CFL veteran found out the news Sunday morning prior to boarding the team bus to Calgary.

"Coach (Kavis Reed) let the team know his decision and let everyone know what was going on," said Joseph, who last started a CFL game in 2009 when he was a member of the Toronto Argonauts.

"It's been a long time. That was in Toronto, so I forgot those (games). You know what? I'm just looking forward to the opportunity to take the field with my teammates against a good football team on a battleground that's pretty well known on Labour Day."

Reed says it isn't a permanent move and that Jyles will remain atop the depth chart at quarterback for the Eskimos (5-3).

"We went through practice this week and Steven had most of the reps, but the last day of practice, he felt a little bit of a twinge in his leg and we had him assessed," said Reed.

"The overriding factor was Steven's health and given the fact that we're just reaching the half-way point of the season. Steven is our No. 1 quarterback and we don't want to jeopardize him in a game that's going to be very intense."

Joseph completed 13-of-20 passes for 169 yards with two interceptions in a relief appearance against Toronto last Monday. He also had 44 rushing yards and a one-yard touchdown run during Edmonton's 26-17 road win over the Argos.

"That's the reason Kerry Joseph is slated No. 2 on our depth chart because we're comfortable with him being a starter," Reed said. "We know that this is a very long season, so our focus was making certain we have two quarterbacks prepped. Injuries happen and we are very confident Kerry can lead this football team."

Calgary linebacker Juwan Simpson didn't seem too concerned as to which quarterback the Eskimos started on Monday. …

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