On the wrong foot

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

Deitan Dubuc isn't starting Edmonton Eskimo training camp on the right foot - figuratively and literally.

Suffering from Plantar Fasciitis - an inflammation condition on the bottom of his right foot - the fullback turned possible slotback will be on the shelf for up to two weeks after failing his medical yesterday.

"It started last season and actually the end of the season was pretty bad," said Dubuc.

"I took two months off at the end of the season and it felt good.

"We kind of felt like I turned the corner in March, but when I started like sprinting a lot on it, it started flaring back.

"So, I decided to come here early and get an MRI and get a (cortisone) shot done. Right now I am painless - midweek next week I am starting running and the next two weeks I am going to be back 100%."

It's frustrating timing for the third-year veteran because he has dropped about 20 pounds and wants to try to make the transition to being a productive slotback in Jacques Chapdelaine's new offence.

A tight end at the University of Michigan and through NFL camps, it could be an intriguing move considering Dubuc's size - 6-foot-4, 225 pounds - is similar to that of Jason Clermont.

"We're two different players, but I have confidence in my abilities," said Dubuc, a non-import.

While Dubuc's injury isn't considered serious at the moment, if it flares up again near the end of camp or through the season, life could get a little dicey.

With the $4.05 million salary cap, players on nine-game injured lists don't count against the cap.

But players on a normal, shorter injury list have their salaries count.

"We have got a buffer for injuries but you know how that buffer works - you get two or three (injuries) for an extended period of time before you know it there is nothing left in the piggy bank," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

FINISH LINES: Fullback Mike Maurer is on the suspended list because he still hasn't reported to the team.

But alarm bells aren't going off because Maciocia has known for some time that Maurer isn't reporting until Tuesday afternoon because of family reasons.


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