Banged-up Bertrand back in

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

When asked what was ailing him, Mathieu Bertrand had a list.

The Eskimos fullback had a shoulder injury, a knee injury, bruised ribs, all which have kept him out of the lineup for the past four weeks.

"It's tough because you want to help the team and you have to watch from the sidelines," Bertrand said.

"I'm a football player and I want to be on the field. I don't want to have to watch my teammates play. But this sport is dangerous and anything can happen."

It's been a tough season for the quarterback-turned-fullback from Chambly, Que.

Bertrand has only played seven games this season. He suited up for all 18 regular-season games last year before an ankle injury forced him out of the Grey Cup game.

He'll be back in the lineup Saturday.

"He should help us out," said coach Danny Maciocia. "He just plays such a huge role on special teams. It'll be nice to have him back."

This year Bertrand has been limited to four carries for five yards, and 15 catches for 106. Last year he had 13 carries for 36 yards and 21 catches for 169 yards.

However, it's his blocking and his special-teams play that the Eskimos miss most.

"I stayed in shape while I was out and as soon as I was healthy I was ready to play," Bertrand said. "I'm going to give 100% to help the team win.

"It's been frustrating to watch the team struggle. But I back up the guys 100% because they play so hard and we just have to find a way to win those close games."

Skid breakers ...

The Eskimos are hoping a number of skids come to an end in Regina on Saturday.

The Eskimos head into the game on a two-game losing skid. They have yet to win on the road this season. And they have not beaten the Roughriders in Regina since 2001.

"They're a solid football team, they play really well at home, they're fast on their turf and they're really physical," said Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray. "For us we have to go in there and expect that.

"They have great fans there. They definitely get on you. When you stand on the sidelines, people are going to be in your ear the whole game long. You just have to laugh, try and block it out and just try go out there with all the distractions and try and perform well."


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