Frankly, he feels great

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

Malcolm Frank has given the green light to Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

"I feel pretty good," said the veteran cornerback yesterday. "The coach asked me if I can go and I told him - yeah.

"But I don't make the (roster) decisions."

And that's the key.

Will Maciocia let Frank play tonight in the most important game of the year so far, even though Frank hurt his right ankle last Friday and has only been able to practise once this week?

On the positive side for the Esks, Frank was able to cut and run on the practice field on Wednesday.

"The swelling went down (this week)," he continued. "It is still tender, but sometimes you can play with pain.

"But the question (the coaches and trainers) have to answer: Can I last a whole game?"

Maciocia has until 6:30 p.m. - one hour prior to tonight's kickoff against the Saskatchewan Roughriders - to make that call.

If Frank is scratched, the Esks have a few options at cornerback - including moving Keyuo Craver to the position.

SHORT HITS: Frank's status is also affecting another import on the 46-man roster, although it's unclear who that is. If Frank plays, Maciocia has to pull someone to the four-man taxi squad. With the activation of non-import defensive tackle Randy Spencer to the playing roster, Jabari Issa could be the odd player out... Kelly Wiltshire reports his hamstring felt good yesterday, but he remains a game-time decision. If Frank plays, it's very possible that Jonte Buhl remains at safety. If Frank is scratched, Buhl could be shuffled to plug a hole, leaving Wiltshire or J.R. LaRose at safety.


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