Eskimos injuries run deep

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

In a long football season, days off are valuable.

The Edmonton Eskimos hope to parlay a couple extra days off into a much-needed win against the Toronto Argonauts on Monday.

Yesterday the Eskimos gathered to review film on their upcoming opponents. However they didn't practise electing to take an extra day in order to recoup from a tough-fought battle against the Saskatchewan Roughriders last weekend.

"Mentally we want to make sure we stay prepared, which is why we had meetings (yesterday)," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "But we want to try to keep the players off their feet so they're able to recuperate."

The win over the Roughriders in Regina proved costly for the Eskimos.

They lost both their starting cornerbacks in Roosevelt Williams and Malcolm Frank. They also lost rookie defensive end Adam Braidwood.

All three are being re-evaluated this week and it's not known whether they'll be able to play against the Argonauts.

"Adam's been getting treatment this week and we won't be able to tell for sure until he takes the field (today)," Maciocia said. "There we'll be able to see what he's capable of and what he's not capable of."

Braidwood pulled a hamstring against the Roughriders and had to leave the game.

"I'm kind of just playing it day by day," said Braidwood. "There's no tears or any swelling or bruising or anything. It'll be basically probably a last-minute decision whether I play this week or not. Basically I'm making good progress, the strength's pretty good and it's not real serious injury."

Williams injured his shoulder as did Frank when he was inadvertently belted by safety J.R. LaRose on a hit intended for Roughriders receiver Matt Dominguez.

Williams's shoulder popped out and then popped back in while he was trying to break up a pass.

"Malcolm's actually feeling the best out of those three guys now," Maciocia said. "Talking to him, he said he felt good."

Depending on how well the three injured players recover, the Eskimos may have to make changes to their roster this week.

While Maciocia would not divulge those changes, he did admit there was a chance the two newest players could get some consideration.

Last week the Esks brought in import defensive end Brandon Guillory and import defensive back Anthony Floyd.

"That's a possibility," Maciocia said. "It'll depend how they come along in practice."


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