Dan Comiskey is avoiding the knife.
The Edmonton Eskimos offensive lineman is not facing surgery for his broken ankle.
That piece of good news for the Green and Gold came from head coach Danny Maciocia yesterday.
When Comiskey suffered a hairline fracture in the ankle on the third offensive play in the June 28 regular-season opener in Regina, there was talk he might need surgery.
The bad news for the club is that it definitely appears the left guard will not be making an early return from the nine-game injury list.
"There is still some conversation out there: Is it a nine-week thing, 10-week thing, 12-week thing?" Maciocia stated.
"Right now, it is too early for us to say."
RUN FOR COVER
The Eskimos had one of the shortest practices in three years yesterday when the players ran for cover from a wicked thunderstorm.
On the field for just 30 minutes, the players made it off the turf at Clarke Stadium just a couple of minutes before a lightning strike came very close to the facility.
The equipment staff was left behind to scurry around the field to collect props and teaching tools as the storm hovered in the neighbourhood.
After watching Ricky Ray take hits in the first two weeks of the season, Maciocia has apparently stopped worrying about his quarterback's previously injured separated shoulder from last year.
"Or else we might as well just remove the helmets and put flags on them and play flag football," quipped the coach.
Starting defensive tackle Jim Davis didn't seem to be involved in yesterday's short practice. Davis apparently exited last Thursday's game with a shoulder injury - but there has been no confirmation from the team on the topic. His playing status for this week is unknown.