Three times the pain

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos are hoping bad things just come in threes.

After watching three potentially key starters - linebacker Ray Perryman, defensive tackle Robert Brown and offensive lineman Patrick Kabongo - leave practice with injuries yesterday, the Green and Gold don't want to experience that problem again.

On the positive side, the early indications suggest nobody is dealing with a serious injury.

LOOKED WORSE

While it looked bad, the first indication is that Kabongo only has a right ankle sprain.

Laying on the field in pain and then carted off the surface, there were fears of more damage.

Perryman just jammed his shoulder while Brown tweaked an old knee injury.

"Had I foreseen all of this, it would have been easy just to cancel (practice yesterday)," quipped Maciocia.

Before the three key cogs dropped to the ground, Maciocia was already staring at six other potential starters on the sidelines with minor injuries - all instructed to sit out yesterday's practice.

But the head coach found himself talking to the football gods when he saw Kabongo go down in a massive pile of bodies in the second practice session.

"I am saying (to the football gods): 'Now what? What did I do now,'" remarked Maciocia.

"Patrick has worked so hard during the off-season.

"Just take a look at him. He is in phenomenal shape.

"You don't want to see something like that happen to him.

"If it is just a sprain, so be it."

After dropping 45 pounds in the off-season, Kabongo has firmly held his starting tackle position in training camp.

With an ice pack on his right foot, he was carted to the dressing room and unavailable for comment.

But right guard Kevin Lefsrud offered a blow-by-blow account that led to the 325-pound lineman being on the Clarke Park field turf.

"I stepped on him," stated Lefsrud.

"It was my foot that stepped on his ankle.

"A guy got up underneath me, I flared my feet and when I landed it happened to be on (Kabongo's) foot.

"That is what happens when you do inside run.

"We are in Day 6 (of training camp), legs are tired - it happens.

"I am surprised it didn't happen before this."

As for Perryman, his left shoulder was wrapped in ice to end practice - but he wants to be on the field today.

"I was just making a block and just ended up catching it in the wrong place," said the star rookie linebacker recruit.

GINGERLY

Brown - the Esks' defensive leader last year with 12 sacks - spent many minutes gingerly walking on the sidelines, nursing an injured left knee.

"I practiced (Thursday) and kind of tweaked it a little bit," explained Brown.

"Waking up (yesterday) morning it was a little stiff, but figuring it is just camp body (pains).

"I started (practice yesterday), but (I'm) really trying to be proactive about it and just really take care of things.

"This is not anything I am too concerned about."

FINISH LINES: Linebacker A.J. Gass expects to be back at practice today after sitting out one more day yesterday with an apparent bone bruise ... Defensive back Jason Goss won't be back today with some minor wear issues, but Maciocia believes it is nothing serious ... Maciocia gave a playful shot to rookie kicker Kody Bliss in the morning, warning him of a $150 fine for talking to members of TEAM 1260 radio while he was watching practice from the sidelines ... The offence really struggled at times yesterday during drills as the Esks continue to work on Chapdelaine's new schemes.


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