If Mike Pringle is going to return to the gridiron in 2005, it won't be as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos.
A report out of Montreal aired by RDS last night says Esks rookie head coach Danny Maciocia has confirmed Pringle no longer fits into the Green and Gold's plans.
According to the report, the man likely to succeed the CFL's all-time rushing leader at tailback this season is rookie running back Ron McLendon.
Maciocia wasn't returning calls last night and is scheduled to return to Edmonton today. Pringle, 37, was also unavailable for comment.
In an interview with the Sun last week, Maciocia hinted change could be in the offing but said he would talk with Pringle before making any decision concerning the future Hall of Famer.
"At the end of the day we will do what's best for the Edmonton Eskimos," said Maciocia, speaking in general terms.
McLendon, 23, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. The six-foot-three, 195-pounder was a late cut of the Tennessee Titans last season and signed a contract with the Esks in September.