Scott ready to rumble

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

For the first time in five games, the Edmonton Eskimos could have their entire first-string defensive line on the field.

After missing the last game with a stinger -- leaving his left hand numb and pain in his back -- defensive tackle Cedric Scott practised yesterday.

"We want Scott back into the line-up and if he's healthy to go we will get him back in there," said head coach Danny Maciocia.

The coach and medical staff will make that decision today.

Scott is the last missing piece to the D-line puzzle. After missing three games with back spasms, Steve Charbonneau returned against the Argos on Monday. So did Rashad Jeanty.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders -- the opponent Saturday afternoon -- boast the league's most lethal running attack, with Kenton Keith and Corey Holmes each having a legitimate shot at 1,000 rushing yards this season, meaning a healthy D-line couldn't come at a better time for Maciocia.

SHORT YARDAGE: Rookie Keyuo Craver spent plenty of time taking reps at cornerback during practice yesterday, as Maciocia tries to fill the hole caused by injured Davis Sanchez. But to get Craver on the roster, Maciocia will have to take an import off the roster ... The Riders are in a different spot, as veteran DB Omarr Morgan is expected to return for the weekend after missing last Saturday's tilt in Regina due to a family funeral... Edmonton offensive lineman Sandy Annunziata is questionable for the weekend. He missed Thanksgiving Day in Toronto with a dislocated elbow. If he can't go, Rhett McLane -- a native of tiny Liberty, Saskatchewan -- will stay in the line-up against the Riders ... With third-string non-import running back and special teams player Mike Bradley likely being scratched today for the upcoming game, Maciocia will have another roster spot to fill.

EXTRA POINT: Backup fullback Mike Maurer delivered the hit of yesterday's practice, pinning linebacker A.J. Gass in a friendly wrestling match.

"I panic when I see stuff like that. Let me turn my back," said Maciocia while being interviewed.

Both players walked off the field showing no wear or tear.


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