Too many questions

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

It's not like Danny Maciocia is facing a game of 20 Questions, but he does have to find the answer to several key questions before the Edmonton Eskimos depart for Hamilton tomorrow afternoon.

Will second-down linebacker Marcus Winn's hamstring problem disappear in time?

Will starting safety J.R. LaRose's injured leg be healthy enough to play?

If Jonte Buhl has to start at safety, will American Raleigh Roundtree be able to stay on the roster?

"There will be some changes," admitted Maciocia.

"I am going to have to try and juggle and put a 42-man roster together."

Buhl took the first-team reps at safety at yesterday's practice, meaning Donald Brady saw his first turn on the first team at halfback since being brought back to the team in early September.

But the formations are bound to look different today when LaRose is expected to return to practice.

There's no word on whether Winn will be able to practise this afternoon after sitting out yesterday. The same is true of special teams starter Will Loftus, who is also battling a hamstring problem.

The only certainty appears to be that Maciocia will not make his final decisions on his roster until early tomorrow.

"There are only so many guys you can play that are beat up because you have to make sure you can finish the football game with these guys," continued the coach.

For Brady to get on the roster, an American will have to come off.

Winn or Roundtree could be that player. Or Maciocia could pull a different trick out of his bag.

But it's clear the coaching staff would like to keep Roundtree on the roster if possible.

"Roundtree played almost three quarters of that football game (at left guard last Friday) and we were running the ball really well," said Maciocia.

FINISH LINES: Dan Comiskey passed another big test yesterday by practising without any post-concussion problems and is expected to play Saturday.


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