Dubuc victim of numbers game

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

The Deitan Dubuc experiment is over.

The Edmonton Eskimos cut the non-import slotback/fullback late last night, just before the CFL cut-down.

"It came down to numbers," said head coach Danny Maciocia.

Edmonton also cut FB Jarred Winkel and OL Tim O'Neill yesterday.

The Esks paid a pretty price to get Dubuc - a former University of Michigan product - in 2003.

At the time, Edmonton gave its first and fifth overall selections in the 2003 Canadian draft to Calgary for his rights.

Quietly suffering through a foot injury late last year, he was hobbled by it through all of training camp, not playing in either pre-season game.

The club had intentions of trying to turn him into a slotback this year. But when he did participate in some receiving drills at camp, he noticeably struggled at times.

SHORT HITS: THE HOMETOWN SUCCESS STORY IS OVER FOR WINKEL.

After cracking the Edmonton Eskimos roster last year as a non-drafted longshot, the 26-year-old was an expected cut yesterday.

Like Dubuc, he was buried behind talented non-imports like Mike Maurer, Matty Bertrand and Mike Bradley, who excels on special teams.

However, the club isn't ruling out the possibility of bringing the Edmonton native back if they get into non-import injury problems.

"There are no hard feelings," said Winkel. "I understand it is a numbers thing."

FINISH LINES: THE RELEASE OF O'NEILL MEANS RHETT MCLANE WILL LIKELY BE THE SIXTH OFFENSIVE LINEMAN... UNLIKE LAST YEAR, MACIOCIA ISN'T RELEASING HIS 46-MAN ROSTER. THE MAJORITY OF THE ROSTER WILL BECOME CLEAR AT PRACTICE TODAY ... A.J. GASS IS ON THE NORMAL INJURY LIST, NOT THE NINE-GAME LIST. BRANDON GUILLORY HAS BEEN PLACED ON THE NINE-GAME LIST.


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