Lonely work for two-time all-star

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

Sean Fleming knows he's struggling. He just doesn't want to talk about it.

The affable Eskimos kicker declined to discuss his recent woes yesterday, although he's aware the skeptics are again lining up to take shots at the 14-year veteran.

While Fleming has notched an average of 40.8 yards per punt and 56.0 on kickoffs, his time at tee on field goals has not been rosy of late.

After starting the season on a five-for-five run, Fleming has since gone a miserable four out of 10, missing both attempts against Montreal and his lone try against Ottawa.

"It's probably the loneliest job as football player," said head coach Danny Maciocia of his two-time league all-star. "I told him there's nothing I can say to help him. The only thing I can do is give you all the support in the world. We believe Sean Fleming is one of the premier kickers in the CFL. We know he'll come out of it, it's just a question of time. I'm sure glad it's happening now and not late in the season when we're fighting for playoff positioning."

NICE TO SEE YOU, MR. JONES: It's unlikely Khari Jones will see any duty with the Tiger-Cats tomorrow night since he's only been in Hamilton for one week. And Maciocia isn't concerned about the quarterback tipping off his new teammates about any of the Esks' schemes.

"I'm not worried about what they know and don't know," said Maciocia. "I'm extremely happy for (Jones) because he deserves an opportunity to play in this league."

HERVEY HUSTLE: Receiver Ed Hervey was well enough to judge the Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageant at Northlands Park Wednesday night, and after three days of practice he's ready to get back in the game.

"I feel pretty good. It never hurts to judge a beauty contest," smiled Hervey, who was suffering from a hip flexor/quad injury. "I feel ready and I feel like I can help the team."

With Hervey in, Chris Kelley comes off the roster. In two other lineup moves, Mike Bradley draws back in along with Tay Cody. Clinton Wayne and Keyuo Craver sit out. Davis Sanchez will miss his second straight game.


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