A busy day for A.J.?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

Unless something drastically changes, A.J. Gass will dress Saturday in Winnipeg and play a busy role on special teams, taking the roster spot of import Antico Dalton.

Gass participated on the first-string punt and kickoff coverage teams yesterday in Eskimo practice while Dalton stood on the sidelines.

While Edmonton head coach Maciocia will not tip his hand, Dalton confirmed that he suffered a hamstring injury last weekend against Calgary.

"I was running down (field) on a kickoff return," lamented the special teams starter, explaining how he aggravated one of the hamstrings.

To get Gass on the main 42-man roster for the first time this year, Maciocia can either move Dalton to the one-game injured list, which would have to be done by 2 p.m. today, or he could leave Dalton on the 46-man roster and make him one of the four reserve players one hour before kickoff.

SHORT HIT: Although Gass will now be on the main roster - barring a major change before Saturday - Quincy Stewart will remain the starting middle linebacker against the Bombers ... While Gass takes rookie Jean-Philippe Abraham's spot on the punt coverage unit, Abraham remains on the roster by being part of the kickoff team.

FINISH LINES: Under the category of no surprise, the key to beating Winnipeg is stopping stellar running back Charles Roberts, the leagues' second-leading rusher.

But Maciocia doesn't put the entire onus of stopping Roberts on his linebacking core.

"Up front, we have to try and eat up as many blocks as possible (on our defensive line) and by doing so, those (offensive) lineman can't come off and engage our linebackers (preventing them from making tackles)," said the coach.

"Roberts is the type of guy that will start one way, but then stop and change direction - and before you know it, he has out-leveraged everyone.

"We have to stop him because it seems like if he goes, they (the Bombers) go with him."


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