He's out, he's in, he's ...

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Rashad Jeanty was in - and then he was out.

Jeanty's name actually appeared on the preliminary depth chart as the Edmonton Eskimos' starting defensive end for today's Grey Cup game.

But his name had to be scratched off yesterday afternoon when head coach Danny Maciocia officially decided he didn't want to take the risk of losing his young rising star to another hamstring injury in the championship tilt and leaving his team short-handed.

"We pushed (Jeanty) really hard this week and there is still some soreness (with his hamstring)," said Maciocia.

The 22-year-old rush end tore a hamstring on Oct. 15 and hasn't played a down since.

After a full week of practice in Vancouver, he announced he was ready to play on Friday afternoon.

However, he woke up yesterday morning with soreness and stiffness with the hamstring, which ultimately killed his chance of playing today.

"I was a little bit sore, but that was expected," said Jeanty, who is clearly frustrated. The decision has been made and I have to live with it.

"But I am a team guy and that is what it is all about.

"I am sure Charles Alston will do a great job."

Alston was listed as a scratch on the initial depth chart so Jeanty could play, but is back on the roster.

"It would have been tough for me to take off Alston," said Maciocia.

"He was named defensive lineman of the week."

Alston had seven tackles, a quarterback sack and a pass knockdown in the West final to earn that honour.

Statistics and his good fortune aside, Alston feels for Jeanty and admires his ability to handle yet another setback.

"He is a true man," said Alston.

"He takes his ups and downs and keeps on rolling."

SHORT YARDAGE: The pesky flu bug hasn't left Kevin Lefsrud, but the veteran centre is scheduled to start this afternoon.

"I'm still a little under the weather," said Lefsrud, who was told to leave practice Friday by Maciocia, "but I will be all right.

"I am feeling a lot better than (Friday) when I was useless to anybody.

"I had a roommate but they quarantined me (Friday) night so I no longer have a roommate."

Roger Reinson got the boot to another room.

The Eskimos didn't practise yesterday.

FINISH LINES: Legendary Eskimo radio voice Bryan Hall will not broadcast today's Grey Cup on CHED. Instead, Calgary Stampeder play-by-play announcer Mark Stephen will call the action because the game will be broadcast across the country on the CORUS radio network. The network clearly wanted a neutral lead announcer, so Stephen was one of a handful of available broadcasters. CHED colour commentator John Farlinger and a Montreal analyst will join Stephen in the booth. Hall will be part of a halftime panel.


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