Another surgery for Marsh?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Steven Marsh could be going under the knife - again.

After having two surgeries during the off-season to repair a torn ACL, the Edmonton Eskimo linebacker could soon receive a third knee surgery because he still can't run or jog.

"I saw the (team) doctor (Friday) night and he is supposed to speak with the surgeon (today)," said Marsh. "And then they're going to give me a time frame and tell me if there is another surgery needed."

A MATTER OF IF

If Dr. David Reid and the rest of the Eskimo medical team decide to operate, Marsh is likely finished before the season starts.

"If it is just a scope, it usually takes three to four weeks to heal," said the soft-spoken 26-year-old import.

"But I doubt I would be ready any time during the season. I haven't done any strengthening exercises for my leg yet. It would take me a couple of months to get my leg - strength-wise - back to where it needs to be."

Although the initial injury was a torn ACL in the Grey Cup game last November, the problem now isn't the knee ligament. Instead, it's a buildup of scar tissue in the left knee, which is very rare.

HE CAN'T RUN

And it's that scar tissue that has robbed Marsh of the ability to completely flex his left knee. Because of that he can't run.

"The scar tissue has pretty much covered the patella tendon joint in my knee cap," he explained. "So, (scar tissue) has pretty much filled up my knee."

The other option for Marsh is continued therapy with the hope the scar tissue will break up soon through rehab exercises.

At the moment, Shannon Garrett is expected to begin the regular season on Saturday night in Marsh's old starting outside linebacker spot.


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