Turner doing A-OK
BLUE Bombers defensive tackle Bryant Turner is back in Winnipeg and doing well this weekend, after a scary moment in last Thursday's game.
In a statement on Saturday, the Bombers said that Turner had sprained ligaments in his chest after sacking Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo in the fourth quarter of the game in Montreal. That caused the breathing troubles which saw him rushed to a Montreal hospital on Thursday night.
He remained in Montreal as a cautionary measure while the rest of the team flew back to Winnipeg on Friday morning. A battery of tests revealed no other problems, the Bombers said, and by Friday night Turner was back in Winnipeg.
There is no timetable for his return to the field, and he is listed as "questionable" for Saturday's game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
"I am feeling better and am really looking forward to getting back out there," Turner said in a statement released by the team, and thanked his teammates, staff and doctor for their care.
Before the injury, Turner was playing a monster game, registering two tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.
Eskimos extend Reed
EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Eskimos announced Saturday that the club has signed head coach Kavis Reed to a contract extension.
Reed started his third season at the helm of the Eskimos with a 39-18 home loss in Week 1 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Edmonton will look to even its 2013 record today when it visits the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
All told, Reed has an 18-18 record with the Eskimos, including a 7-11 campaign in 2012 that saw Edmonton fall to the Toronto Argonauts in the East Division semifinal.
"This extension gives us stability going forward," Eskimos general manager Ed Hervey said in a release. "Leadership is critical to a young football team for success and I know our players work extremely hard for and are committed to coach Reed."
An Eskimos defensive back from 1995 to 1999, Reed spent 10 seasons as an assistant in the CFL before being named the club's 19th head coach in December 2011.
Terms of the contract extension were not released.
-- staff / from the news services