'Wounded animals'

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

They were dropping like flies.

Edmonton Eskimos were being carted off one after another.

Cornerback Roosevelt Williams went down in the second quarter.

Then defensive end Adam Braidwood pulled up lame.

And finally, cornerback Malcolm Frank took a shot from safety J.R. LaRose intended for Matt Dominguez and had to leave.

STAYIN' ALIVE

Regardless, the Eskimos managed to get the job done and came away with an important 30-25 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday.

The win kept the Eskimos playoff hopes alive.

"We were kind of like a wounded animal out there," said Braidwood. "We were banged up, but we had a lot of guys step up and we played real well."

Williams left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.

Braidwood pulled a hamstring.

Frank suffered a burner in his shoulder when hit by LaRose.

All three will be evaluated further this week. It's not known whether they'll be ready to face the Toronto Argonauts, on the road, next week.

"We're playing it by ear right now, it's not too bad," Braidwood said. "I've never really pulled a muscle before, so I really don't know how these things work."

Williams, appears to be the most seriously injured. The rookie cornerback was evaluated yesterday, but the extent of his injury won't be further known until Wednesday.

"He was doing a pretty good job; he had a pretty good week of practice," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "It's unfortunate that as soon as you start getting comfortable with someone at that position, an injury comes along and we have to go back to where we were."

The three injuries forced the Eskimos to be creative defensively. LaRose moved to Frank's corner spot, while linebacker Singor Mobley and defensive end Antico Dalton shared the safety responsibilities

"We came up big," Braidwood said. "You can definitely attribute it to the character and the time the guys put in. I'm sure in the case of a lot of teams, you can't have a defensive lineman go back and play safety and know the defense well enough to be able to do it."

Such is the uniqueness of the CFL. With a 42-man roster, not every position has a backup.

"That's what we work on during the course of the week," said Maciocia.

"That way if a situation like that does come up, we'll be prepared for it. We don't want to be in a position to just finish the game, but win it."

The Eskimos best defensive effort came when they were at their most desperate state. The Eskimos limited the Roughriders to eight second-half points - three in the fourth quarter.

It was a far cry from the first half where the Roughriders seem to be moving the ball at will.

'GOOD COACHING'

"That comes down to good coaching," Braidwood said.

"We made some adjustments and we started to play a little harder. They kind of jumped on us early, they threw us off guard a little bit. They put together some nice drives, they made some good plays, moved the ball well and they had some really nice catches on second-and-long which kept those drives going."

However, the Eskimos managed to keep the game close and made a comeback in the fourth quarter.

"We just kept fighting," said Maciocia. "I was proud of the way we faced the adversity and were able to get the job done. I was really proud of the effort."


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