Comiskey concerns Esks

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

REGINA -- Speculation is running through Eskimoland on the status of Dan Comiskey's health.

The Edmonton Eskimos' left guard injured an ankle on the third offensive play on Saturday night and appeared to have a light cast on one foot after the 34-13 loss.

Is the ankle broken?

Is there a small fracture elsewhere?

Is it just a serious sprain or a case of torn ligaments?

"We are going to need another day," said Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia late yesterday on the status of Comiskey's injury.

"We will know for sure (today)."

The good news for Esks' fans is that the injury apparently isn't serious enough to spark any talk of retirement.

"I'd be surprised (if he retired)," said Maciocia.

Turning 36 today, Comiskey is facing his third injury in one year. He had to deal with calf and tricep problems last year that only allowed him to play four of 18 regular-season games.

The only estimate on how long the Esks' top offensive lineman could be out came late Saturday night when Maciocia believed it could be at least a few weeks.

Comiskey wasn't available for comment yesterday.

Veteran back-up Tim Bakker filled his spot for the majority of the defeat on the weekend at Mosaic Stadium.

But it's very unclear who will fill the gaping hole on Thursday night when Edmonton battles Calgary in Week 2 at Commonwealth Stadium.

Maciocia can choose from Bakker, Aaron Fiacconi or Calvin Armstrong.

Bakker and Fiacconi don't cause the ratio to change as both are non-imports.

Armstrong would force the ratio to change as an import.

For John Comiskey - the Esks' centre - he will apparently have to get used to playing with his older brother on the sidelines.

"From what I saw, there was a big pile. It looked like he got rolled up on from behind," said John on the play that caused the injury and forced Dan off the field for the rest of the night.

"I am not a doctor. I am not a trainer. But he wouldn't be laying down or sitting out unless it was something very valid.

"There is no question that you want everybody on your line to be healthy. (On Saturday), Tim Bakker stepped up and he was my left guard. He was my brother."

GRADING THE LOSS: Maciocia is giving his defence a very fine grade for the opening three quarters of Saturday's defeat.

"Our defence played outstanding (for three quarters)," he remarked.

"The fourth quarter, we collapsed. They were out for too many snaps."

The Esks were outscored 25-3 to end the game, including 18 unanswered points in the fourth.

Maciocia will not tip his hand on whether defensive end Brandon Guillory will see his first action of the regular-season on Thursday.

Considering Guillory had three of the team's five sacks in the pre-season, it would appear - on the surface - that he deserves a chance.

MESSAGE TO FANS: Starting defensive tackle Dario Romero is hoping the second-half nightmare in Regina on saturday provides a spark for the Esks' defence.

"I always say you learn more from losing than winning," said Romero.

We can take this as a wake-up call, a slap in the face.

We don't like to lose. We don't get paid to lose.

We are going to do whatever it takes to win."

QUICK HIT: The Eskimos enter this week with 23,500 season tickets sold for this year, about on par with last year according to club president and CEO Rick Lelacheur. That is about 1,500 more season ducats than the Saskatchewan Roughriders have sold.


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