Scott the forgotten man

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

Cedric Scott has gone from being a hero to a forgotten man in a big hurry.

After helping save the Edmonton Eskimos' 25-23 Labour Day win by hauling down Stampeder quarterback Henry Burris on a last gasp two-point conversion attempt, Scott has endured a frustrating second-half of the year.

The defensive tackle was in the midst of putting together a great campaign when injuries and roster rules became major problems.

In fact, he has been yanked on and off the roster five times in the last six weeks - and will miss his second consecutive playoff game tomorrow. It's frustrating, to say the least.

"It is playoff football. This is what you play for all year," said Scott before the team left yesterday for Vancouver and the CFL West final. "This is the big time. You got one more game before the Super Bowl of the CFL."

FIVE SACKS

By Labour Day, Scott had five sacks and was on pace to battle Joe Montford for the team lead by the end of the year.

But trouble began in Regina in mid-September when he suffered a burner in his left shoulder, causing part of his arm to be numb. He finally sat down on Thanksgiving Day, missing the club's win in Toronto.

The hulking six-five, 280-pound Mississippi native returned for one game before being forced to watch Oct. 28 against the B.C. Lions. The yo-yo act continued when he was activated for the final regular-season game against Calgary - however, his season took another unfortunate twist when DB Shannon Garrett strained a quad muscle that afternoon.

Head coach Danny Maciocia didn't want to run the risk of being short a DB the following week in the West semi-final if Garrett aggravated the injury, so he activated American Gerald Dixon as a backup member in the secondary.

But due to the CFL roster rules, Maciocia had to take an American off the roster for Dixon - and Scott became the victim.

Dixon comes off the roster this week with Garrett's health no longer a concern, but Scott still sits because Charles Alston comes on and there is no room left on the roster.

'AN INSIDE GUY'

"Alston can play inside (defensive tackle) and outside (defensive end) and we will need that this week (against B.C.)," said Maciocia, who is only allowed to dress 40 players.

"Scott is just an inside guy."

SHORT YARDAGE: In his rookie season, Alston is undefeated.

He has played in three games - Ottawa (June 24), Toronto (Oct. 10) and B.C. (Oct. 28) - and the Eskimos have won all three.

LATE HITS: The Alston-for-Dixon move is the only roster juggling this week. As expected, special teams player Glen Young is healthy enough to stay on the roster after suffering a minor knee injury last week.


Photos