Esks hurtin' despite win

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos resembled a MASH unit in the second half last night, which could cause some major problems when the team hits the road this week to Hamilton.

The Green and Gold lost two safeties on back-to-back plays late in the third quarter.

Starter J.R. LaRose hurt his left leg and was carted to the dressing room.

Taking his place on the next play, Kelly Wiltshire was on the receiving end of a low, helmet-first blow to the right knee from Nik Lewis.

Carted off the field in significant pain, teammates rallied around Wiltshire as he slowly made his way to the dressing room.

"It was crazy," said defensive back Keyuo Craver.

"That is the way this game is, it's very unfortunate.

"But we (now) got the biggest safety in the CFL playing back there in Antico Dalton."

Indeed, Dalton is 6-1 and 225 pounds and is usually a back-up defensive end.

"But he did real well," continued Craver.

"We need to work on his back pedal a little bit, but other than that he stepped up for us."

Edmonton also lost linebacker Marcus Winn with a hamstring injury and offensive lineman Raleigh Roundtree.

But the severity of all of the injuries wasn't known at press time last night.

"It was unbelievable," said head coach Danny Maciocia.

"I just want to enjoy this for maybe 15 minutes and then I will get the update and that will get me riled up again."However, Roundtree did confirm that he only has a "tweak" of a knee ligament and hopes to play next week.


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