Cook gets a look

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

Damion Cook is a rather large insurance policy.

At six-foot-four and 325 pounds, the 28-year-old import offensive lineman is the latest arrival in Edmonton Eskimo camp.

"Physically we are not healthy up front," said Esks head coach Danny Maciocia.

"We have got a few guys that are knicked up.

"I just want to make sure that I never find myself in a situation where we are out of bodies and we can't play. That is the reason he is here."

Veteran left guard Dan Comiskey is out of action with a torn left calf muscle. That is the only injury the public knows about.

Regardless, the club officially announced Cook's free-agent deal yesterday. But in reality, the Esks agreed to bring him to town last Tuesday, just hours after he was released from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"I was hoping I was to going to be picked up right away," said Cook. "I'm going to give it all I got."

Cook started 10 games in Hamilton last year and started the first three games this year before the Tabbies decided to go with a Canadian at his position. Now on the Esks' practice roster, Cook can play tackle and guard.

Based on salary cap concerns, Maciocia will likely keep Cook and fellow import Tony Tella on the practice roster until Comiskey returns to health. At that point, one of those import O-linemen will likely be cut soon afterward - barring any further injuries to starters.

SHORT HIT ...

Linebacker Antico Dalton didn't practise yesterday but is expected to play this Saturday in Regina against the Roughriders after taking a helmet to the thigh last Friday at Commonwealth Stadium.

PARTING SHOTS ...

Maciocia called last Friday's comeback win over the Riders one of the top two or three character wins he has ever had as a head coach.

"I said (at halftime): 'We are going to find out quickly here how this season is going to play itself out - if we are going to fight or we are just going to cash it in and call it a day,' " said Maciocia.


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