Familiar names on injury list

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:50 AM ET

There will be some very familiar and important names stuck on the one-game injured list when the Edmonton Eskimos play their regular-season opener next Saturday in Calgary.

While the roster cuts by the Esks yesterday grabbed the main headlines, a significant side story is the veteran talent not available to start a critical home-and-away series with the Stamps.

Most notably veteran halfback Donald Brady and middle linebacker A.J. Gass will not play.

Brady is out with a rib injury from Friday's preseason game.

Fortunately, he didn't puncture a lung, but coach Danny Maciocia isn't willing to risk the chance he doesn't recover quick enough to play Saturday.

"In his case, if we didn't have to declare (the injured list) this quick, we could have kept him alive," said Maciocia, who had to solidify his injury list yesterday.

After Week 1, players can be taken off the one-game injured list up to 48 hours prior to kickoff.

Brady's departure likely means either rookie Jonte Buhl or sophomore Gerald Dixon will fill the hole in the secondary against a highly-rated Stampeder receiving core.

Maciocia could also move Shannon Garrett to halfback and plug the linebacker hole with Dixon - but he's unproven at that position.

Gass is a different story. He's on the injured list, but for not for anything that appears to be serious.

"He's huffing and puffing and will be for the rest of the week," said Maciocia, describing Gass's so-called injury. In reality, he isn't physically ready to play after missing nearly three weeks of training camp (due to his mother's death).

Quincy Stewart will make his first-ever CFL start in Gass's regular spot and will face talented Stamp running back Joffrey Reynolds.

Also not dressing Saturday will be veteran defensive tackle Randy Spencer (calf), veteran receiver Pat Woodcock (hamstring) and veteran fullback Deitan Dubuc (leg).


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