LaRose's road to redemption

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

J.R. LaRose hopes he's learned a lesson.

The hometown product is returning to his job at starting safety this week - one week after having it taken away.

"I look at it as a chance to kind of redeem myself - some of the mistakes I made two weeks ago I definitely want to correct," said LaRose, who didn't play well against Winnipeg to open the regular season at Commonwealth Stadium.

"I think the week off helped me. I was pretty frustrated this last week (not starting in Vancouver).

"I started watching a lot more film. I took it a lot more serious. I might have maybe got a little too complacent. I realized that if you get too complacent there is going to be someone to take your spot."

MUSICAL CHAIRS

By giving LaRose his job back for at least this week, the Esks triggered another set of changes.

Shannon Garrett - who took LaRose's job at safety last Friday in Vancouver - is now starting at SAM linebacker.

That marks his third starting position in three weeks.

He started the regular season at cornerback. Then moved to safety. And now takes Ray Perryman's starting spot at SAM linebacker.

"I'm all over," said the 35-year-old veteran. "I'm kind of happy to be back at my old position."

Garrett spent all of 2006 training camp at SAM linebacker, trying to replace Steven Marsh.

The Esks then decided to start the regular season with Garrett at his old halfback position last year. But the learning process at SAM last spring allowed the veteran to step in at yesterday's practice with no problem.

Perryman will remain on the active roster, playing in certain defensive situations.

FAMILY TIES

Forget the father-son chats in the Braidwood household these days.

It's the other way around.

After Bill Braidwood - father of Esks' defensive end Adam Braidwood - got into a confrontation with B.C. Lion offensive lineman Rob Murphy after the game last Friday night, the son had to say a few words.

"I told him it was kind of dumb," said Adam. "But he gets all worked up and he likes to watch me play. So, I don't blame him.

"He told me he shouldn't have done it and I agreed with him."

Bill apparently told Murphy that he was a disgrace to the CFL.

This came after Adam and Murphy had some heated exchanges on the field, with Murphy being tossed.

"I didn't see him do it," said Adam on his dad's display of words.

"(If I did) I probably would have grabbed him and told him to knock it off."

WAITING GAME

A.J. Gass has returned to the practice field, but his playing status for this week is up in the air.

After tearing some meniscus in his left knee during training camp, Gass thought he would be back for Week 3.

That's this week - but the training staff hasn't given him the green or red light yet.

"I'd love to be on (the roster) this week," said Gass.

"I have pretty good confidence in my leg. It's just a matter of if it works out for the team."

SHORT HIT

Calvin McCarty is back at his familiar spot on the Eskimos' punt team, just a few days after being schooled by veteran Lion Barron Miles.

It was Miles who beat McCarty to block Sean Fleming's punt last Friday in Vancouver, which the Leos turned into a touchdown.

"What would the message be if we were trying to move him after a blocked punt?" said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

"Hopefully he will learn from it."

PARTING SHOT

The memory of last Friday's loss in Vancouver is still fresh with Maciocia.

"I don't care how good you think you are," said the coach.

"There is no team in this league that's going to be able to overcome 17 penalties and 141 (yards), turning over the ball three times and getting basically a free possession on a punt play and messing that one up," he said.


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