Abdullah joins walking wounded

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

The Eskimos' injury woes continue.

Will the latest casualties have a major impact on the roster for Week 2 when the Esks travel to Vancouver to play the Lions on Friday?

Starting defensive end Rahim Abdullah is already listed as "questionable" by head coach Danny Maciocia with an apparent right shoulder injury.

And starting safety J.R. LaRose has a concussion. His status for the next game is unknown at the moment.

"We will know in the next 48 hours (about LaRose's status)," said Maciocia yesterday.

"Usually the first 48 hours are crucial as far as concussion is concerned. But the doctor tells me he thinks he is going to be OK."

The Abdullah injury appears more serious. He wasn't with the team during their light workout yesterday.

"He is a huge loss (if he misses the game next week)," said Adam Braidwood, the other starting defensive end.

"He is an awesome player.

"It would be nice if Brandon (Guillory) could come back for this game."

That isn't possible because Guillory is on the nine-game injured list. He can't move off that list.

But Maciocia isn't searching for another defensive end at the moment, meaning Stevie Baggs, Kenny Hollis and possibly Chuck Alston will be tried in Abdullah's spot when practice resumes Monday.

GOLDIE'S BEING PATIENT

Ron McClendon isn't crying in his soup or moping around the practice field.

Goldie - as he is called by his teammates - is actually happy for Tyler Ebell, even though the rookie running back is likely going to keep McClendon off the roster for Week 2 of the CFL season.

"I am happy for Tyler," said McClendon, after watching Ebell romp for 132 yards on Thursday against Winnipeg. "I am not concerned (about getting on the roster) - unless you know something I don't know."

Before injuring his hamstring on June 18, he was the projected No. 1 running back with the Esks. But with Ebell rolling as a rookie, there is no way he is coming off the roster, even if McClendon is 100% this week.

Head coach Danny Maciocia would love to have both players on the roster at the same time, but that could be very difficult to accomplish - both being imports.

"That is awesome," said McClendon on Ebell's production. "I can't wait to be a part of it (the offence)"


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