Suisham smoosham

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 3:27 PM ET

Danny Maciocia isn't getting too excited over the news from the Dallas Cowboys' headquarters.

Kicker Shaun Suisham - whom the Edmonton Eskimos selected in the Ottawa Renegade dispersal draft - has been released by the Cowboys, starting questions about the young Canadian's availability to come north.

But Maciocia isn't holding his breath.

"From what I hear, I think they cut him but they are going to keep him," said the Eskimo coach yesterday.

As of last night, a report from Dallas indicated the 24-year-old will likely reappear on the Cowboy's practice roster today. What is clear is that Suisham has cleared NFL waivers.

With a very strong leg - Suisham once connected on a 57-yard field goal in high school - the Bowling Green State University product is primarily a place kicker and kickoff specialist.

In fact, he cracked the Cowboys' opening-game roster this year, going one for two in field goals.

He connected on a 32-yarder before hitting the goalpost on another attempt, apparently causing an uproar in Cowboy country.

Mike Vanderjagt was given the place kicking roll and has now taken Suisham's kickoff responsibilities.

In three games in the NFL this fall, Suisham was averaging 62.3 yards on kickoffs.

GUILLORY DEBUT

Defensive tackle Steve Charbonneau is going to be a game-time decision for the Eskimos today, as he continues to nurse a back problem.

Regardless, though, it appears newcomer Brandon Guillory will make his Eskimo debut on special teams and defensive end.

"I got a lot of revenge (inside)," said Guillory, who had to watch his teammates lose to Toronto on TV earlier this week. According to the University of Louisiana at Monroe product, he is tabbed to start at defensive end with Antico Dalton on the other end of the line.

But the Eskimo depth chart shows Chuck Alston starting.

The official answer won't come until Maciocia declares his roster at noon today after Charbonneau is assessed one last time.

If he can't play, watch for Alston to move inside to take his spot.

'MISS THAT SMELL'

Back in Edmonton, Toronto Argo running back John Avery was in his usual funny form yesterday.

"I can inhale the nice manure that is out toward the airport," he said.

"I miss that smell.

"I know things are growing here.

"And the polar bears aren't out yet." That comment sparked the obvious question: Have you seen polar bears in Edmonton?

"Yeah, that is what the fences (around the practice field) are for, right?" he joked.

FINISH LINES: Still no official word on whether Mike Bradley will play this afternoon against Toronto, but if he does, local product Jarred Winkel will definitely sit... According to Will Loftus, he will play today for the first time in a month, but on defence, not special teams... Donald Brady is expected to arrive in time from his father's funeral in New York for the game and start at halfback against top Toronto receiver Arland Bruce ... If that's the case, expect Keyuo Craver to be a healthy scratch for the third straight game.


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