Lefsrud back in the trenches

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

The knee brace spoke volumes. But the suit on the hanger Kevin Lefsrud was carrying as he strolled into the Edmonton Eskimos locker-room early yesterday pretty much said it all.

Lefsrud toting his travel-day duds effectively told the world he'd be dressing for tomorrow's clash with the Montreal Alouettes.

After sitting out last week's game in Winnipeg due to strained knee ligaments, the Viking native is back on the roster and will centre the Esks' reconstituted offensive line versus Montreal.

Facing the always-fierce, bring-one-more-than-they-can-block Als defence means all veteran hands on deck for the Green and Gold at Percival Molson Stadium.

Chris Morris returns to his familiar spot at right tackle after being sidelined by an ankle injury during the first two games of the season.

Sandy Annunziata, who centred the line in Weeks 1 and 2, moves into a backup role tomorrow.

Patrick Kabongo and Rhett McLane come off the roster to make room for Lefsrud and Morris.

POP ON THE BENCH: Rookie Esks head coach Danny Maciocia could be getting some fatherly advice during tomorrow's game if he needs it.

"I made a promise to myself that if anybody ever made the big mistake of making me a head coach some place that I'd have my dad on the sideline, and that's going to be the case," Maciocia said.

"That'll be really, really special for myself, for him and the whole family."

Maciocia's father, Cosmo, was a Liberal member of Quebec's National Assembly for 20 years and now sits on Montreal city council.

LATE HITS: The Esks will make two other lineup changes for tomorrow's game. As expected, tailback Elvis Joseph (ribs) has been placed on the one-game injured list, paving the way for Ron McClendon's CFL debut. Non-import receiver Andrew Nowacki was also shuffled to list to create a spot for Mike Maurer.


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