Eskimos won't gamble

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

It appears A.J. Gass is going to stretch his unfortunate streak to six games.

The middle linebacker and special teams demon is doubtful to play Friday night in Vancouver when the Eskimos battle the B.C. Lions, making it six straight games he will sit on the sidelines with a strained hamstring.

"I want A.J. back in the lineup so bad you can't even imagine," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia yesterday.

"But my biggest dilemma now is: Do I sit him one more game and then we have got 18 days (off) and then we attack the second half of the season with a healthy A.J. - or do you the roll dice, play him (Friday) and hope that he comes out of it OK and you'll have him in the second half (of the season)?

"So, it's tough (to decide), but I am leaning on not playing him.

"I have got to be able to look beyond this game, even though it is an important football game," continued the coach.

"We just need to be smart about it."

Non-import safety Will Loftus (hamstring) is also doubtful this week, while Kelly Wiltshire and Dan Comiskey are expected to return from injuries.


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