Esks need Gass in their tank

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

A.J. Gass is trying almost every remedy under the sun to improve his strained right hamstring.

From bike conditioning to massages to acupuncture to magnet therapy, the heart and soul of the Eskimo defence is doing everything he can to get back in the line-up.

But he noticeably limped off the field yesterday after not participating in a single drill.

And so it appears that he will miss his fourth straight game when the Eskimos travel to Vancouver to battle the Lions on Friday night.

"It's feeling better and getting stronger every day," said Gass, who thought he might be able to practise yesterday, but didn't try.

"Today I got IMS which is intramuscular stimulation. It's acupuncture, but they go about three inches deep into the muscle."

The Eskimos' home date against the Riders on Aug. 11 could mark the linebacker's return.

FINISH LINES: Runningback Mike Maurer handled all of the snapping duties on field-goal drills yesterday, but was a little shaky at times. If the Esks give Maurer the job this week, Taylor Inglis will be off the roster, meaning head coach Danny Maciocia could activate special teams demon Will Loftus.


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