Ordinary Joe

Joe Montford (right) pressures Calgary Stampeders' QB Henry Burris during first-half CFL action at...

Joe Montford (right) pressures Calgary Stampeders' QB Henry Burris during first-half CFL action at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday September 9, 2005. (SUN/Darryl Dyck)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

Joe Montford has been released by the Edmonton Eskimos - again.

Nearly one month after being brought back to the team to bolster a sagging defensive line, head coach Danny Maciocia cut the future hall of fame defensive end over the weekend.

But this time, it's not a financial move.

Unlike this spring - when Montford was dumped for salary reasons - the 12-year CFL veteran has likely been cut loose this time because of a lack of production.

In four games with the Green and Gold this year, he registered just one sack.

That sack came Friday night in Vancouver in the game against the B.C. Lions.

And the 36-year-old North Carolina native rarely seemed to hurry the quarterback or draw holding infractions from the offensive line in his short 2006 stint.

By cutting Montford, the Esks are - once again - very inexperienced at defensive end.

Raw rookie Adam Braidwood is currently the other defensive end starter, with rookie Andre Sommersell and second-year veterans Chuck Alston and Antico Dalton as the only back ups in the locker room.

As a whole, the Esks' defence ranks last in the CFL with just nine sacks.

But more importantly for Montford, this release could definitely be the final act in his distinguished CFL career.


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