Pat, or standing pat?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

Danny Maciocia has an interesting decision to make today.

Before the CFL-imposed 2 p.m. deadline, the Edmonton Eskimo head coach has to determine if veteran Canadian receiver Pat Woodcock will be activated to the 46-man roster from the injured list.

They'd love to have the former Ottawa Renegade in the line up.

"I thought he was probably one of our better receivers early in camp," said Maciocia.

But that was before he pulled his right hamstring on the fourth day of training camp. However, the 2002 Grey Cup Most Outstanding Canadian practised again yesterday, running slotback routes and reverse plays with relative ease.

"It feels pretty good," he said after practice. "I'm still not 100%, but I think I can play."

Woodcock has the talent to be a game-breaking receiver and if he's activated, raw rookie Jean-Francois Romeo will likely be waived to the practice roster or stashed on the one-game injured list.

But Maciocia will still have until one hour before kickoff Saturday night to decide Woodcock's fate. If his right hamstring becomes a bigger problem, the Esks can still scratch him and dip into their practice roster, grabbing Jarred Winkel or taking Romeo if he's available.

SHORT YARDAGE: If Maciocia doesn't want to roll the dice with Woodcock tomorrow, he might activate veteran fullback Deitan Dubuc for Romeo. Dubuc spent last week on the injured list for an apparent leg problem, but appears healthy now ... Cornerback Malcolm Frank will play Saturday with a heavily bandaged left thumb after tearing ligaments last Saturday in Calgary ... Sean Fleming handled almost all of the punting and kicking duties again yesterday at practice, further pointing to import Rodney Williams being benched ... After another solid practice it seems likely that Andre Sommersell will be a starting defensive end Saturday. An injured ankle kept him out last weekend.


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