Gass wants to play, but caution rules the day

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 10:18 AM ET

A.J. Gass is a warrior.

And it's hard for a warrior to watch from the sidelines while his teammates do battle.

But unfortunately for the middle linebacker, it appears he'll be on the sidelines again when the Edmonton Eskimos travel to Winnipeg to take on the Blue Bombers on Friday.

"Selfishly speaking, I'd love to see him go," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

"We're a lot better football team when he's on the field for us. I just have to be careful. I've been contemplating this for the last few days.

"I can force the issue by saying 'A.J., let's go out there and turn it loose,' but if something happens, he could be out for the season.

"We just need to be smart about it. Another week is probably what would be best for everybody involved."

Gass injured his knee late in training camp and has not yet been able to play for the Eskimos yet this season.

"There's a chance, we're not ruling it out, we're going to play it by ear," Gass said.

"In this situation, however, caution is the word to use. If it were a dire straits situation then I would be 100%.

"We're going to see how it reacts, but I'm not going to count it out."

Yesterday Gass was on the scout team, working against the Eskimos first-string offence. He'll have two more workouts this week before seeing if his knee is up to the challenge.

"It's way ahead of where they anticipated me being," Gass said.

"They said four to six weeks and this has only been the third week, so I'm pretty happy with that.

"It's real tough. You want to help so much, you want to get out there and contribute, do the things that will get the team on the winning track.

"Being on the sidelines, it's frustrating but I'm getting better, that's the positive in the whole thing."


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