Eye-opener for Fiacconi

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

Proving just how bad the injury situation has become with the Edmonton Eskimos, Aaron Fiacconi was met by a large pack of media upon his arrival at Commonwealth Stadium.

Officially traded to the Eskimos yesterday from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the backup offensive lineman had never experienced such a media spotlight.

But, this is Edmonton - where key offensive linemen are dropping like flies.

First it was Kevin Lefsrud. Now, it is Dan Comiskey who is on the nine-game injured list.

Comiskey's addition to that list forced yesterday's trade for the six-year CFL veteran.

In return for Fiacconi, Edmonton gives up a 2008 draft pick. While the exact round of that pick isn't known, it's rumoured to be a third-round selection.

"What is this for an offensive lineman?" said Fiacconi about the large media gathering yesterday afternoon, before getting serious.

"It is sort of nice to know you are wanted here."

The 27-year-old non-import has been a backup in Winnipeg this season after starting eight games last year.

"I tried to get him during the off-season but we weren't able to make a deal with Winnipeg," said Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia.

Don't expect Fiacconi to dress tomorrow against Calgary because the turnaround between games this week is so quick. There isn't enough time to prepare a new lineman.

But Fiacconi's versatility on the O-line could make him a real asset down the road.

"One thing I have learned since coming into the league - to succeed you have got to be able to play all positions on the offensive line," said Fiacconi, who has apparently played everywhere except left tackle this year through practices and pre-season.

"I can pretty much do them all."

But he's most comfortable at right guard.

Regardless, Winnipeg is no longer home - and that isn't a surprise.

"I could see the writing was on the wall (in Winnipeg) a little bit with Obby Kahn coming healthy again," said Fiacconi.

"I knew there would be an opportunity to leave after this year. It just happened that I got dealt earlier than expected."


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