Eskimo injuries costly

Eskimos offensive lineman Kevin Lefsrud is unlikely to play this weekend against the Roughriders....

Eskimos offensive lineman Kevin Lefsrud is unlikely to play this weekend against the Roughriders. (Sun File/Brett Gundlock)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos' injury situation is a muddy mess.

There are so many possible scenarios for a roster for this Saturday's game in Regina against the first-place Saskatchewan Roughriders.

In fact, Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia has labelled every player on his injured list as follows for this week's game:

LB Shannon Garrett (groin/below the belt): questionable

OL Dan Comiskey (calf): doubtful

RB Tyler Ebell (shoulder): out

SB Jason Tucker (knee): out

DE Chuck Alston (hip pointer): questionable

S J.R. LaRose (shoulder): questionable

OL Kevin Lefsrud (concussion): doubtful

DB Omarr Morgan (hamstring): questionable

LB Antico Dalton (back): questionable

There are eight starters on that list.

That list - coupled with other injuries this year - has Maciocia very close to exceeding his injury budget for the $4.05 million salary cap, which is being enforced this year.

The penalties are wide-ranging depending on how far over the cap a club goes.As for replacements this week, the biggest hole is at left guard on the offensive line where Lefsrud set up shop last Saturday.

Although Comiskey is listed as doubtful by the coach, the talented veteran wants to try to practise Tuesday at left guard.

"You got to push it and see how it feels," said the lineman. "If it is ready, I will keep going. If it is not, I won't."

In fact, he was flipping an 850-pound tire in the Commonwealth Stadium parking lot yesterday, with his left calf muscle handling that task. Comiskey tore that calf muscle in Winnipeg on July 13. He hasn't played since.

If he sits this week, he will get an extra week off because the Esks' bye comes after the Saskatchewan game.

Without Comiskey, the Green and Gold could plug regular back up non-import Rhett McLane into a starting role. He filled in for Lefsrud against Hamilton last weekend.

But the more likely scenario if Comiskey can't play is an import - Damion Cook or Tony Tella - joining the roster to be a starter with McLane remaining a back up.


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