Maciocia likes Abdullah's attitude

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

The Rahim Abdullah-Rob Murphy trash talk is just fine with Danny Maciocia.

One day after Abdullah admitted he tried to bite Murphy last year, the Eskimos head coach admitted he likes to see a feisty attitude coming from his defence.

"There is a lot of stuff that happens underneath those piles that nobody sees or hears of," said Maciocia on life in the trenches. "At the end of the day, we're all competitors.

"Those two tackles (in B.C. - Murphy and Jason Jimenez) play on the edge a little bit and we are not going to take a back seat to anybody."

As for Murphy charging that Abdullah tried to take his knee out last year, Abdullah isn't confirming or denying that move.

"If I did do it, there is a reason," said Abdullah.

The Esks play the Lions in Vancouver on Friday in Week 2 of the CFL regular season.

SHORT YARDAGE: Receiver Pat Woodcock continues to work with the first-team offence in practice, meaning J.F. Romeo could be coming off the roster this week to make room for the veteran.

FINISH LINES: Former Eskimos receiver Richard Alston has been released in Hamilton. Alston was dealt in the off-season as part of the Jason Goss trade.

Non-import Nicolas Bisaillon was also part of that deal, but he didn't crack the Tiger-Cat roster.

However, the Tabbies did get the rights to quarterback Timmy Chang for Goss - and that could be the entire key to the deal.

Chang could be the pivot of the future in Steeltown.


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