Samuels on the shelf

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:00 PM ET

Stanford Samuels is going to be stuck on the sidelines in a must-win game.

The Edmonton Eskimos defensive back is not going to be able to play tonight because of a bizarre ankle injury he suffered against the B.C. Lions last week.

While on a punt return, teammate Mike Bradley accidentally fell on one of Samuels's ankles.

"That is why I kept playing (last weekend in Vancouver)," said Samuels, "because I knew once it calmed down and the adrenalin stopped I wouldn't be able to go this week."

The Eskimos haven't announced who will take Samuels's spot in the secondary, but it will be either Chris Thompson or Joey Thomas, who are both rookies.

"It is going to be tough," said Samuels on watching this evening.

"For me it is tough watching practice.

"You try to help any way you can -- things that I see that I can help them with (during the game tonight).

"I may even have some signs and sign it to them while I am on the sidelines."

If the Eskimos' playoff hopes remain alive after this weekend, Samuels believes he will be able to play in the regular-season finale in Hamilton on Nov. 3.


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