All in the family

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

Charles Alston is finally getting his chance - at his cousin's expense.

For the first time this season, Alston will play on the Edmonton Eskimos defensive line tonight against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

But in strange CFL fashion, he's taking the spot of his cousin, Ron Warner.

"We live in the same house, so I like watching him play - but I like playing too. It's kind of tough," said Alston.

A healthy scratch for the first three weeks of the season, the third-year Eskimo gets his chance to shine against Roughrider quarterback Kerry Joseph.

"(He is) a great athlete," said Alston on the Riders mobile pivot. "The bad part is that he is at quarterback.

"It is going to be a tough game.

"He is definitely in the top echelon of quarterbacks that are mobile, strong, and hard to bring down."

But you could argue that Alston has already passed his toughest test this week - living in the same house as Warner without having a problem.

This is the first time in Warner's nine-year professional career that he'll be a healthy scratch.

But life on the home front is just fine.

"It is amazing," continued Alston.

"We don't even take our business home. We are in there playing Tiger Woods (video game) and talking about family."

At work on the practice field and in meetings, Warner has been helping Alston prepare for the Riders.

"He knows a lot about offensive line tendencies," added Alston.

"He gives me pointers on what to look for on run and pass."

This could be a one-game audition for Alston, or it could be a long-term placement on the roster.

For his part, Warner is surprised by the coaching staff's decision to move him off the roster.

But he's not spouting off.

"Me taking a back seat is fine with me - as long as we win," said Warner.

In three games this season, Warner has seven tackles and no quarterback sacks.


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