Acree's aches and pains

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

T.J. Acree can't practice.

And he can't run because of a stress fracture on the top of his left foot.

So, don't expect to see him with the Edmonton Eskimos when they battle the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina on Saturday afternoon.

"The first of the week I didn't think I was going to play (this week)," said Acree, a starting receiver.

"(Yesterday) I thought if I could run on it I would probably be going. Obviously I couldn't. I really don't know (if I am going to play this week). I am feeling a little doubtful about it. But if they ask me to (play this week), I am going to because they have pain medication to take care of it."

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia hasn't officially scratched Acree from the active roster.

But he's hobbling around in a large boot on his injured foot - essentially a walking cast.

The decision to play the first-year Eskimo comes today at practice.

"He is really touch and go right now but Fred Stamps is ready to play and if T.J. can't go (today) then we will go with Fred," said Maciocia.

"At some point in time we are going to have to keep (Acree) out of the lineup for a week because this is going to be an ongoing thing. It definitely isn't going to get any better.

"We are pushing it along and we are trying to push it all the way down to the break (bye week in August). But the break is still a ways away.

"So it may be this week (that he stays off the active roster)."

There doesn't seem to be one particular play that caused this problem.

In fact, shoes might be to blame. But Acree is very careful not to blame his change in runners, although he brought up the shoe topic.

"I did try a new pair of shoes and it ended up hurting after that week of practice," he said.

Acree had a similar problem before in college, so this isn't new.

"Rest is the best medicine right now for it," said Acree, who hasn't practised at all this week after playing last Friday against the Riders at Commonwealth Stadium.

"They have some good painkillers nowadays, but I don't really want to rely on those because I could end up doing some real damage to it."

Acree is the second most productive receiver on the Esks right now and 12th ranked in the CFL with 199 yards through four games. He has an 11.7-yard average.


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