Scout coach a boon to Esks

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Facing a critical back-to-back series with the Toronto Argos, the Edmonton Eskimos are hoping the Coach Mac advantage pays off again.

With the Argos coming to Commonwealth Stadium on Friday night, the Esks are battling a short week.

But by having the only advance scout in the CFL in Bill Macdermott on the payroll, the Edmonton coaching staff definitely has some help while preparing for Toronto.

"He has been a huge help all year long and that will be no different this week," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "He gives us an opportunity to hopefully be a step ahead. It is basically a writeup (he gives the coaches) on all the personnel - strength and weaknesses - and he gives you a jumpstart on your preparation."

The Eskimos are one point ahead of Toronto in the battle for the East Division cross-over playoff berth.

SHORT YARDAGE

The Eskimos are expecting Tony Tompkins to rejoin the team today on the practice field. The special teams returner left the club last week due to the death of his mother to cancer.

The return of Tompkins is much needed because receiver T.J. Acree is doubtful for Friday night with a foot injury.

Acree suffered the latest foot problem while filling in for Tompkins during Sunday's win in Montreal.

FINISH LINES

The jury is still out on whether receiver Kamau Peterson will play this week. Peterson injured a thumb after smacking it on a Montreal helmet.

"In my mind I will be playing," said Peterson on his status for Friday. "But everybody will say that (when they are hurt). I'd be saying that with a bullet wound, I am sure. Ultimately, if I can help the team I will. If I can't, I owe it to them not to be out there (this week)."


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