Pain and performance

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

Adam Braidwood went down and let out a mighty yell.

It was the type of bellow that sends chills up a head coach's spine.

Especially when it comes from a defensive end who underwent knee surgery in the off-season.

"I think it was just scar tissue," said Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "I think it's that more than anything else. The knee from all the exercise that they did seemed pretty solid. But I haven't been in yet and haven't received a medical report yet. But there may have been a little bit of fear in him too. Now he's going to have to trust it and if some guy rolls up on it he'll be fine."

Braidwood, 24, was down for a few minutes while the medical staff attended to him and left the field under his own power. He then walked back to the Eskimos locker room.

Braidwood originally suffered the injury last season in the penultimate game of the year.

The former first-overall pick in the CFL draft is in his third season with the Eskimos and is currently pencilled in as a backup defensive tackle after starting at defensive end last year.

HOG WILD

The Eskimos threw another hog in the mix yesterday with the signing of Adam Rogers.

The Acadia University product was released last week by the Montreal Alouettes, and took part in his first practice with the Eskimos yesterday.

"He's a three-time CIS all-Canadian," said Maciocia. "When we didn't draft him last year Bruce Beaton, who coached him, called us up and was in our ear about not drafting and about not bringing him here.

"Bruce rarely calls. So when Montreal gave up on him, we called Bruce and he said that (Rogers) will be a player and we just have to let him develop. So we're excited about having him here, obviously he's had a pretty good collegiate career."

Rogers, 22, was the CIS Atlantic Conference nominee for best lineman in the country last season.

He was protected by the Alouettes as an undrafted free agent following the 2007 CFL Draft.

"I thought the first day was OK," Rogers said. "I think it went all right. Hopefully I'll start to get a few more reps and show the coaches what I can do."

SAFETY FIRST?

J.R. LaRose was at one time the Canadian jewel of the Eskimos secondary, working his way to become the team's starting safety.

This year he's competing for a job as a cornerback and is struggling out on the island going up against the plethora of talented receivers.

"I think for him things may have happened too quick," said Maciocia. "Sometimes people have a tendency to think that they have arrived, when they haven't done much yet.

"What we're going to do is challenge him here every single day. In order for him to be an impact player, he's going to have to come out here and work and work hard and not get caught up in what people are saying out there because that doesn't count for much."

LaRose, a standout with the Edmonton Huskies, earned the starting safety job in his third season with the club.

"I think the biggest thing that hurt me last year is that I came in too big," LaRose said. "In the CFL you don't need a big body at safety, you need somebody that can move sideline to sideline. But me being at the corner now, I'm pretty comfortable out there."


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