Coach brings security

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

A reasonable feeling of concern has caused Edmonton Eskimos coach Danny Maciocia to make four roster changes for tomorrow's CFL West semifinal in Calgary.

Halfback Shannon Garrett is healthy enough at the moment to play, which is why he's still on the lineup card.

However, the fear of Garrett further aggravating a quad muscle strain he suffered last weekend is the reason why DB Gerald Dixon has been placed on the roster for the first time in nearly two months.

"It's like a security blanket," said Maciocia of the move.

However, bringing an import security blanket to Calgary forced three other moves.

Defensive tackle Cedric Scott is the import that comes off the roster to make room for Dixon. That move triggered the decision to activate non-import DT Randy Spencer for the first time since injuring his calf muscles on Sept. 30. "You don't want to be short (on the D-line) and you don't want to be short on the back end," said Maciocia.

Bringing Spencer on the roster means Canadian backup receiver Rob LeBlanc is out.

It is a much different story in Calgary, where the Stamps are expected to make just one move.

With running back David Allen suddenly leaving this week to join the NFL's St. Louis Rams, Tony Stallings will likely return.

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Edmonton's Sean Fleming is the league's special teams player of the month for October after hitting 10 straight field goals.

Calgary's George White is the defensive player of the month after recording 42 tackles, two INTs and two fumble recoveries.


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