Sanchez done for the year

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Davis Sanchez started the week with an optimistic feeling.

He thought he had a 60-40 chance of playing Sunday in the CFL West final against the B.C. Lions.

But now he is just a fast-food runner for his teammates who will play this weekend.

After delivering a handful of Tim Horton's sandwiches to the Eskimos locker-room yesterday, Sanchez confirmed he's out for the upcoming game with a groin injury and believes he's done for the rest of the year, even if the club makes it to the Grey Cup.

It means the Eskimos will play the rest of the year with rookie Keyuo Craver starting in the secondary.

"It really hurts," said the all-star cornerback of the emotional pain of watching his teammates on the field. "I was going to give it a shot (in practice Wednesday), but after talking to Danny (Maciocia) and we revisited the options, it didn't make sense."

Placing Sanchez on the roster before being healthy could have backfired -- just like it did on Thanksgiving Day in Toronto, where the season essentially ended for Sanchez.

While being pounded by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sept. 30, Sanchez noticed his groin becoming tight.

"I missed the first day of practice of the Toronto week and I wasn't sure I was going to play the Toronto game," he remembered.

But he decided to play.

"We had lost to Hamilton pretty handily and I felt I needed to be out there," he recalled.

Sanchez barely played a down in Rogers Centre, leaving his team shorthanded after tearing the groin off the bone in the first half.

"Looking back you had to look at the big picture and I don't think I did. I wish I would have sat down (after the Hamilton game) and got healthy," he remarked.

The Eskimos eagerly pursued Sanchez in the free-agent market in the winter, luring him from Montreal to shut down playmakers in dangerous games, like the West final.

SHORT YARDAGE: Rashad Jeanty will not play this weekend and could be finished for the year with a hamstring injury that has forced him to miss four straight games.

"I hate saying it's over for the year," said Maciocia."The fact that he is out here (at practice) and is trying, you have to keep him alive.

"But it is a 40-man roster and that is what I am dealing with at the end of the day."

LATE HITS: Glen Young didn't practise yesterday, but Maciocia believes the special teams threat will play... After sitting out Wednesday's practice with a strained groin, starting DE Tim Fleiszer was on the field Thursday.


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