Esks axe 'selfish' Abdullah

SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The chopping block has come out, and Danny Maciocia has swung at his first target.

Unhappy with his team's performance and lack of discipline over the past two weeks, the Edmonton Eskimos have released defensive end Rahim Abdullah.

"I am disappointed with how our team continues to be selfish," said Maciocia. "When you continue to do dumb things on the field we have to start making changes, and Rahim didn't want to put the team ahead of himself.

"We have some guys on this team who, over the course of the last few games, are putting themselves ahead of the team and that's disappointing."

Abdullah, who led the Eskimos with four sacks and compiled 14 defensive tackles and one fumble recovery was disappointed with his release.

"They have the right to release me," said Abdullah. "But do I think it's fair? No."

He took a bad penalty in the third quarter of Friday's game against the Calgary Stampeders that turned the tide in Calgary's favour. He took a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, and three plays later, the visitors tied the game 13-13 with a touchdown.

"I feel like they are blaming me for the last two losses, and I think the blame needs to go on everybody," Abdullah said.


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