Thanks for the break

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

The Eskimos are giving thanks for playing on Thanksgiving Day.

Due to a serious rash of injuries, if the Green and Gold had to play tonight, head coach Danny Maciocia would be in a major bind - especially with Canadian-born talent.

"Maybe the football gods are on our side after all," quipped the coach.

The Green and Gold emerged from Regina in black and blue condition: Adam Braidwood (hamstring), Steve Charbonneau (back) and Mike Bradley (undisclosed).

The Esks also lost import defensive back Roosevelt Williams for the season with a torn rotator cuff.

On the positive side, Charbonneau is expected to return to practice today.

But on the negative side, there are indications that Bradley will be out of commission after an MRI yesterday.

Braidwood hasn't practised and his status is very questionable. His defensive end spot could be plugged by Chuck Alston, Andre Sommersell or newcomer Brandon Guillory.

FINISH LINES: Williams's injury means Edmonton is now missing six defensive backs: Will Loftus (hamstring), Kelly Wiltshire (leg), Donald Brady (family), Reggie Durden (personal) and Jason Nugent (knee).

That explains why the Esks contacted former Calgary Stampeder Nate Terry, who briefly worked out yesterday. The halfback/cornerback has been sent home, while the Esks ponder the idea of bringing him back for a closer look in two weeks.Keyuo Craver will likely return to the secondary.


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