Loftus checks in

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The long road to recovery has ended for veteran Edmonton Eskimo special teams ace Will Loftus, as he'll play his first game of the year tonight against the Lions.

But Loftus's return from rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder comes at the expense of receiver Andrew Nowacki, who has been taken off the 46-man roster and stashed on injured reserve to make a non-import lineup spot available.

"We haven't cut (Nowacki) so he is still in the plans," said Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia yesterday, after the roster-shuffling move was revealed.

"We're trying to get Loftus on (the roster). We have an abundance of quality Canadians and we're just trying to find a way to get certain people on and this is clearly a week-to-week thing.

"And next week it may be somebody else."

This marks the first time this year Nowacki has been relegated to the sidelines.

But with his rather small offensive numbers, the roster move this week isn't a major surprise.

He has only caught seven balls for 64 yards this season.

FINISH LINES: Although Maciocia has until one hour prior to kickoff tonight to make his final changes to the roster, the four healthy scratches will likely be: Richard Alston, Chuck Alston, Reggie Durden and Taylor Inglis.


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