Fateful week for hurt

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

This could be a very critical week for injured Edmonton Eskimo defensive end Brandon Guillory.

After suffering a spinal cord contusion in Calgary during the pre-season, he is holding on to hope he will play again this year.

"I am going to get a MRI in the middle of (this) week," said Guillory.

What the doctors see could give him the green light to return to action or potentially end his young career.

While nobody within the Eskimo organization is talking about it publicly, there has to be concern about whether the 24-year-old import will get clearance to play.

If everything has healed properly, then football resumes.

But if there is a worry about what another hit could do to his spine, this could be the end of the line.

At the moment, the sophomore Eskimo isn't allowed to participate in contact practice drills.

WICKED SCHEDULE: THERE ARE EARLY RISERS - AND THEN THERE IS JACQUES CHAPDELAINE.

The Edmonton Eskimo offensive co-ordinator is keeping a rather startling work schedule.

"On Day 1 (of weekly practice) I get up at three (a.m.), so I get here about 3:25, (then) shower and by five (minutes) to four I am at my desk," he said.

"On Day 2 I have a little bit more time, so I get up at 3:15 (a.m.).

"I slept in to 3:30 this morning (on Day 3)."

The first offensive player meetings aren't until 9 a.m. and practice doesn't start until 10:40 a.m.

But Chapdelaine - a highly regarded offensive mastermind - has his reasons for the wickedly early schedule.

"We practice in the morning and (by) practising in the morning I have some cards to draw," he said, referring to drawing up the defensive looks his players will see in the coming game.

"As much as it is early, I have got some fresh eyes in the morning, a fresher mind, and I can get that stuff done probably better."

There are some drawbacks to the schedule - including waking the family up at home.

"We just bought this new house and it has an alarm system to it and every time you open a door it goes (beep)," remarked Chapdelaine. "And every time you close a door it goes (beep).

"And there has got to be a way to override that thing - we have not yet figured it out.

"A couple of days ago, she (my wife) was really mad at me because the cat was outside. I had to let the cat in - so it was (beep, beep).

"She's used to hearing just the one set (of beep, beep). And then I had left my flippers (sandals) in the garage. So I went back in the garage and it goes (beep, beep) again.

"And I am (then) finally going outside (to the car) it was the third set (of beep, beep)."

There is also the danger of driving to work around 3:30 a.m. from Sherwood Park.

"I had to dodge the one deer this week at three something in the morning," remembered Chapdelaine. "It kind of surprised me."

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