Fiery leader returns

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

A.J. Gass is ready for Round 2.

Recovered from a nasty right hamstring injury suffered in his first game of the regular season in Winnipeg on Canada Day, the fiery leader of the Edmonton Eskimos' defence and special teams unit will return to action tomorrow night against the Montreal Alouettes at Commonwealth Stadium.

"I feel good," he said after practice yesterday afternoon.

And he also feels good about his club.

"You can see that the energy is up, the attitude is up and everybody is excited to get on the field (tomorrow night)," he continued.

Gass is one of the main reasons why the energy and attitude is up on the practice field this week.

He almost made a diving, circus-like interception on Monday and made a great pick in coverage yesterday, sprinting upfield for nearly 20 yards.

But Quincy Stewart will remain the club's starting middle linebacker tomorrow. Gass will start on special teams and will be involved in just a few defensive packages.

To get Gass on the 42-man roster, head coach Danny Maciocia has moved import defensive end Andre Sommersell to the one-game injured list.

While Sommersell has a history of dislocated finger problems, he confirmed this week that he is healthy enough to play if required.

SHORT HIT: It also appears slotback Mookie Mitchell will be added to the 42-man roster after practising through the week. To activate Mitchell, the Esks will have to take another import off the playing roster, which means receiver Richard Alston likely sits.

FINISH LINES: Pat Woodcock returned to practice yesterday, one day after being told to stay home with a brutal case of food poisoning or 24-hour flu. "It blew me out of the water on (Tuesday)," said the non-import receiver. Woodcock still expects to play tomorrow ... Sommersell for Gass was the only transaction the Eskimos made yesterday, meaning Trevor Gaylor, Randy Spencer and Will Loftus are still stuck on the one-game injured list.


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