Regarding Henry

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

Facing the biggest game of the regular season so far, Danny Maciocia is still cracking some good jokes.

Knowing there seems to be two sides to Calgary Stampeder quarterback Henry Burris - a good and a bad side - the Edmonton Eskimo head coach is mulling over a possible plan before Monday's Labour Day game. (2 p.m., CBC).

"Maybe what we can do is kidnap the guy who puts up the 300-yard games and throws for three or four touchdowns," shot Maciocia. "Then maybe the other guy will show up."

Joking aside, the Esks know they are facing a red-hot pivot. Burris has thrown for at least 300 yards in five straight games.

In his last three outings, Smilin' Hank has passed for 1,007 yards (77-of-117), with five touchdowns and just one interception.

Not surprisingly, the Stamps won two of the three.

Edmonton defensive end Rahim Abdullah believes he has never seen Burris play any better than right now.

"The game against B.C.," said Abdullah, "I saw guts, I saw glory. I saw him trying to get to the Grey Cup."

But Burris brings more to the table than a rifle for a throwing arm.

Few in the league can scramble and run like Hank - and he proved it against Edmonton on Aug. 4.

In a 34-32 win for the Stamps, Burris ran for 70 yards on six carries for an 11.7-yard average.

To no surprise, Edmonton has devoted a lot of practice time this week to containing the big pivot.

"Guys have to do their job," stated Abdullah, Edmonton's top defensive end.

"Last game (against Calgary) I didn't do my job. A lot of guys didn't do their job. We couldn't contain Burris, and he hurt us."

QUICK HIT: After being tabbed as doubtful for Labour Day earlier this week with a separated shoulder, Abdullah worked out yesterday at Clarke Park.

As of last night there was no official word on his status for Monday's game, but if he can practise today, expect him to play.

Abdullah leads the Eskimos with four sacks.

EXTRA POINT: Providing everything stays on course, offensive lineman Dan Comiskey will return to the roster for the first time since a calf injury on July 13 in Winnipeg.

If that happens, the Esks will have the same offensive line together that finished last year on a high note.

But at guard, Comiskey might be the most important part of that protection line.

"I'm excited to have Comi back in there for us," said Maciocia.

"He's one of the premiere guards in the CFL. He makes the rest of the offensive line that much better as far as his leadership is concerned."

Personable off the field, the 11-year CFL veteran has a nasty side when he's on the gridiron.

"He is an interesting individual in the trenches," admitted Maciocia.

"It's not like he will pull up when he hears the whistle. He will play right through it."


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