Lefsrud: Esks don't need me

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Kevin Lefsrud's tune has dramatically changed.

After wanting to rejoin the Edmonton Eskimos three weeks ago, the talented offensive lineman hasn't been able to negotiate a deal with his old club.

And with time ticking away on a season that will likely end in precisely 32 days, the Viking-area farmer is now singing from a different song sheet.

"I don't know why I would come back," he said yesterday while sitting in his tractor.

"(The Eskimos) don't need me to come in there and cause any trouble.

"They (the offensive line) need to play together.

"It's not like I am coming in next year - definitely not at the beginning of the season.

"So, why would I come back (now)?"

When the three-time Grey Cup champion wanted to return three weeks ago, Edmonton was still in a realistic position to make the playoffs. Lefsrud thought he could play nine games if the club went deep into the post-season.

Now it appears there are just five regular-season games left before the curtain comes down.

The young offensive line has faced criticism at times during this disastrous year as it tries to rebuild from losing Lefsrud, Bruce Beaton and Chris Morris to retirement during the off-season.

"In this (Edmonton) offence your line has to play in the same system for a while," said Lefsrud.

"And right now they are just trying to figure one another out.

"It's tough when it is that way."


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