Fleiszer provides no fuel

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

REGINA -- Tim Fleiszer is trying to take the high road. After being dumped by the Edmonton Eskimos just before the start of the regular season, the veteran non-import defensive end is finally talking about the matter.

But while speculation continues to percolate that there is much more to his release than meets the eye, the Harvard product and current Saskatchewan Roughrider is too smart to sling any mud at the Eskimos organization in the hours leading to tonight's pivotal game.

"I choose to focus on the positive," said the nine-year CFLer. "I came in for a year (2005) and was able to play with some of my best friends in the world.

"I came in because of my trust and loyalty to Danny Maciocia and was able to win a Grey Cup."

When pressed on the loyalty card - considering Maciocia suddenly cut him less than 72 hours before the start of the season - Fleiszer laughed out loud, before stating: "I just want to focus on the positive."

Reading between the lines, there seems to be quite a history behind the parties. In nine years, Fleiszer has been to four Grey Cup games and can play several positions, including being a valuable member on special-teams units.

"He was a demon," admitted Eskimo A.J. Gass, who was watched his club's special teams struggle at times this season. "We miss that."

Maciocia continues to say the move was football related, with the Eskimos wanting to go with younger talent.

But the rumour mill - since the moment of the release - suggests the 31-year-old must have had a falling out with the coaching staff.

It all means Fleiszer won't need any motivation if he's placed on the Rider roster tonight, which is expected.

"It's just going to feel good to be playing football," he said.


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