Winkel may get the nod

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

A rash of non-import injuries on the Eskimos main roster will likely open the door for Edmonton native Jarred Winkel to get his first-ever taste of CFL regular-season action on Friday against Hamilton.

"I think it is pretty good that he will be on (the roster)," said Esks head coach Danny Maciocia late yesterday after practice.

Edmonton will likely be forced to play without Will Loftus (hamstring), Jason Nugent (knee) and Mathieu Bertrand (shoulder).

Nugent has had an MRI on his injured knee, but the results haven't been announced.

For Winkel, it all means his decision last month to forgo his final year of eligibility at the University of Alberta will likely pay off.

"It'd be awesome (to play)," he said.

But proving he has a level head on his shoulders, he's not getting too carried away right now.

"Until they set the roster for the game -- which I think is Thursday -- then I'll know for sure," he commented.

Rookie Jermaine Lee could fill the other 42-man roster position.

SHORT HIT: It appears former Eskimo Rashad Jeanty is now the full-time starting strong-side linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals after regular starter David Pollack suffered a serious neck injury last weekend and is done for the season.

According to one report in Cincinnati, Pollack suffered a fracture in his neck during the Bengals win over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.

Cincinnati faces division rival and defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

FINISH LINES: Besides the CFL formally handing out the fines today from last weekend's Hamilton-Edmonton game, watch for the league to announce more discipline action involving other teams.


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