A mangled mess

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

One low block by Nik Lewis left Kelly Wiltshire's right knee a mangled mess.

In fact, the hit last Friday night blew apart Wiltshire's ACL and MCL ligaments, leaving him in surgery yesterday.

"Wiltshire is done for the season," said Edmonton Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia yesterday afternoon.

"I never want to say career ending, but ..."

At age 34, Wiltshire was in his 10th season, but lost his starting safety job this year to raw rookie Jonte Buhl.

IN BACKUP ROLE

After further roster juggling, Buhl was moved to halfback and sophomore J.R. LaRose was moved to starting safety, with Wiltshire still a backup.

The only reason Wiltshire was in the game Friday night was because LaRose had been hurt two plays earlier.

"This was a guy that when the coaches made the decision for me to be ahead of him, he was very open about it, and he taught me the game," said Buhl.

"When I saw him go down (Friday night) there was a tear in my eye.

"My first thought was to pray."

STILL FRUSTRATION

Four days after the block on Wiltshire, there is still frustration in the dressing room.

"To see it happen to a class guy like that - it was totally uncalled for," said veteran Will Loftus.

"It is not like Nik Lewis weighs 140 pounds and has to go down and block him at the knees.

"At this level of football, there is no need for it."

On the bright side for the Eskimos, it appears the rest of the players on the long list of walking wounded from last Friday have a realistic shot of playing this weekend in Hamilton.

That is especially key at safety.

That's where Edmonton also lost third-stringer Loftus to a hamstring problem against Calgary.

"LaRose is day-to-day (with a leg injury) and there is a good possibility he will play," said Maciocia.

Linebacker Marcus Winn (hamstring), offensive lineman Raleigh Roundtree (MCL strain) and Loftus are in the same day-to-day category.

RELIEF AT LAST: After missing two straight games with post-concussion symptoms, left guard Dan Comiskey is in much better shape this week and has now been cleared to practice today.

"The symptoms seem to have alleviated themselves and I am starting to train right now and I am not getting any serious symptoms afterwards," he said.

"So, I am hoping I am on the mend."

The real test will likely come today, though, with his first action on the field since Aug. 18.

If he's able to practice through Thursday, he'll dress Saturday in Hamilton.

WAITING GAME: Retired offensive lineman Kevin Lefsrud and Maciocia chatted over the weekend, but the two sides don't appear to be any closer to a new contract.

"We're not sure if it's this year or next year," said Lefsrud, who is interested in rejoining the club for the playoff drive this fall.

Maciocia has already stated that he's not interested if Lefsrud only wants to play four games down the stretch this season.

At the moment, the two sides are likely going to wait a few weeks for Lefsrud's left wrist to heal after a farm accident.


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