Gass takes a time out

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos could be without their defensive leader when training camp starts on Sunday.

Linebacker A.J. Gass has returned to the United States to mourn an expected family death.

There's no firm timetable for his return, but head coach Danny Maciocia doesn't seem concerned.

"(He can) take as much time as (he) needs," said Maciocia. "I am not worried about A.J."

If Gass isn't in camp this weekend, the Green and Gold will actually be missing two of their three starting linebackers from the Grey Cup game, as Steven Marsh is still sidelined with an ACL injury.

LATE HITS: Dwayne Morgan is about to be reunited with an old coach at training camp. The Esks signed Morgan - a 32-year-old import offensive lineman - yesterday after he failed to find another home in the NFL. Morgan played for Maciocia in Montreal before spending time in the NFL. He will challenge Joe McGrath at left tackle. The club also signed former NFL and CFL veteran import defensive back James Whitley.


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