Afternoon frights for the Eskimos

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The Edmonton Eskimos are hoping to end a disturbing slump.

When the Green and Gold take the field tomorrow afternoon in this city - which is really an 11 a.m. MT kickoff - they will be trying to record a rare win in a game that features an afternoon start time.

The Esks are 1-7 in the last two regular seasons in games that have featured an afternoon kickoff.

The only win during this stretch actually came last year in this city at Olympic Stadium.

But Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia doesn't seem concerned about playing a crucial game this season at a very early hour in the day compared to a regular evening home game.

"That is the reason why we are going out a day and a half prior," said Maciocia before departing for Quebec yesterday afternoon. "The reason I have scheduled a meeting on Saturday at 11 a.m.

"I also have another meeting scheduled on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. So, hopefully we can get their bodies acclimatized to the time change."

Although Edmonton is winless this year in three afternoon start times, veteran safety Will Loftus is hoping the Esks regular morning practice routine back home will help with this exceptionally early start.

"We practise every day on the field at 10:30 a.m.- it shouldn't be a problem for us," said Loftus.

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The Eskimos have now confirmed that returner Tony Tompkins will not play in Montreal. Tompkins lost his mother to cancer earlier this week and has returned to Texas. His return date to the club is unknown ... It's all but official that Stanford Samuels will not play Sunday due to concussion symptoms.


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