Tough break for Comiskey

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

For Dan Comiskey, the numbers 11 and 12 have become very unlucky.

The 12-year CFL veteran is facing his third significant injury in back-to-back football seasons after suffering a broken ankle on Saturday in Regina.

The left guard is now on the Edmonton Eskimos' nine-game injury list and could be facing surgery in the very near future.

"It has been a run of bad luck the last couple of years," said Comiskey.

"I am not real pleased for a number of reasons."

Comiskey is considered Edmonton's top O-lineman and a team leader - meaning this is a big loss.

But his absence is becoming the norm around the Eskimos' igloo.

The all-star calibre guard only played four games last year - in his 11th CFL season -while missing 14 with calf and tricep problems.

To put that in perspective, in his first 10 years in the league Comiskey played an average of 15 games per season.

"I had a concussion in 2006 but I was only out two games," he said.

"Aside from that - very early I had some broken ribs in my second year - I went a good span where I didn't miss games for years on end."

The hairline fracture in one ankle happened on the third play last Saturday in Regina during the first regular-season game of the year when Damien Anderson carried the ball for one yard.

"We were running the ball right. It was a cut-back play and I believe it was the running back and a number of other people who rolled up on the back of my leg," he remarked.

"It just kind of pinched on the turf and I couldn't (move) my foot out of the way and it broke.

"I have had people roll up on my leg 40 times in my career, 50 times in my career.

"It just never happens like this where there is enough torque and enough velocity that it broke my leg."

A seven-year member of the Green and Gold, Comiskey had a pretty good idea he was in trouble from the moment it happened.

"My philosophy has always been if I can walk on it, I can play on it," said the Ontario native.

"When I stood up on it and tried to walk on it, it was pretty loose and there was a lot of cracking."

There is no definite timeline for when he will be able to return to the field.

"There is still some questions out there regarding whether he requires surgery or not," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

"We just want to do what is best for Dan."

The possibility of surgery will become more clear tomorrow.

"But Comiskey doesn't foresee being out for the year if he has surgery.

"I can't imagine a situation where this injury would have me out for the season," said the 36-year-old.

"I imagine if they are doing surgery, I will be back for the second half (of the year)."

If he doesn't go under the knife and the recovery is finished before nine games is up, Comiskey could be activated before the 11th game of the year - which is Sept. 13 against Hamilton.

Under new CFL rules, a team can bring two players off the nine-game injury list ahead of schedule.

"This is just a little roadblock I have to hop over -and it is going to lead to a few games on the bench," reasoned Comiskey.


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