No replacement planned for injured Comiskey

CON GRIWKOWSKY

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

There's a possibility Dan Comiskey will have to go on the nine-game injured list.

The veteran offensive line- man, who celebrated his 36th birthday yesterday, went down with an injury early in Saturday's game.

Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia was unable to determine a clear indication of the extent of the injury.

The only thing Maciocia knows for sure is that Comiskey will miss Thursday night's start against the Calgary Stampeders.

"He'll be out for an extended period of time," Maciocia said. "Obviously, it's a blow.

"It hurts, more on a personal note. I feel bad for him because I know how hard he worked throughout the course of the off-season."

Comiskey suffered a pair of injuries in 2006. He tore his calf muscle in Week 3, missed five games, started the Labour Day game where he tore his tricep and spent the rest of the season on the nine-game injured list.

His injuries left a big hole in the O line and that led to many protection breakdowns that caused grief for the quarterbacks all season.

"It's tough for him. You just feel for him," said Maciocia. "It's been a tough two or three years for him. It's been unbelievable."

Since the injury happened so early in the game, the Esks were forced to play shorthanded.

"It clearly restricted us to a certain extent," said Maciocia.

If there is a silver lining to the situation, it's that it happened early on in the season

"Hopefully, we'll have him later on," said Maciocia. "Had it happened mid-season or the tail-end of the season, he would have been done."

Since non-import offensive linemen are a pretty limited commodity, there's not much Maciocia can do but stick with the guys he's got.

There's always the option of bringing back one of the late cuts, but it's an option Maciocia is apparently unwilling to entertain.

"No, we're not bringing in any other bodies," Maciocia said. "We have enough bodies."


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