Wiltshire's streak comes to an end

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Kelly Wiltshire's impressive ironman streak has come to a screeching halt.

After playing in 157 consecutive regular-season games over almost nine seasons, the non-import safety was left behind in Edmonton yesterday when the Eskimos left for Hamilton, where they play the Tiger-Cats tomorrow.

"He has some swelling in his knee," said head coach Danny Maciocia.

Chosen second overall in the 1996 Canadian college draft, Wiltshire joined the Toronto Argos after being a late cut with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1997.

He didn't miss a game with the Argos that year - and continued that streak with three other teams - Montreal, Ottawa and Edmonton - until this week.

It was the longest streak in the CFL.

William Loftus is expected to be the Eskimos' starting safety tomorrow at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Receiver Andrew Nowacki takes Wiltshire's non-import roster position, but the secondary will receive some help with the addition of CFL rookie defensive back Keyuo Craver, who returns to the roster for the first time in almost two months.

"We played a DB light last week," said Maciocia, referring to the scratch of Gerald Dixon after hurting his chest against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sept. 18, "and Craver can also play safety."

Craver comes onto the roster for import linebacker Quincy Stewart.

As expected, all-star receiver Ed Hervey will be on the field tomorrow.

Kwame Cavil, who was brought to Edmonton after Hervey suffered a torn MCL in his right knee, is off the roster.

Defensive end Rashad Jeanty, who is tied for the team lead in sacks, will miss his second consecutive game with a shoulder injury.

SHORT YARDAGE: With the running game starting to show some life against the B.C. Lions last weekend, Mike Jenkins will continue to watch from the sidelines.

Signed as a free agent on Aug. 22, the former CFL all-star started Labour Day in Calgary but suffered a minor foot injury, allowing Ron McClendon to return to the roster the following week.

Jenkins is healthy enough to run around the practice field, but will watch his fourth straight game tomorrow night.

"Obviously, as a player, you want to play," said Jenkins, who rushed for 1,484 yards in 2001 while being named the Toronto Argos' most outstanding player.

"I still know I got 1,500-yard seasons in me ... but I'm not going to sit here and wonder when I am going to play.

"It's about the team right now."

Maciocia has no intention of releasing Jenkins, preferring to keep him in the locker-room in case of injury or lack of productivity from McClendon or Dahrran Diedrick.


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