Perry's return on hold

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

The chance of Fred Perry playing again this year has diminished.

After suffering a broken left leg and dislocated ankle on July 20, Perry has now had surgery.

The Edmonton Eskimos defensive end is now facing very long odds of playing again this year.

"He is going to be out for a while," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia, who isn't putting an exact timeline on when Perry might return.

"We have nine-gamed him (placed him on the nine-game injury list).

"Let's take a look at the end of the nine games and see where he is at.

"But he is not going to be here before the nine games (is up). That is for sure."

Before last week's surgery, Maciocia believed it would be doubtful Perry would be able to play again this year if the operation happened.

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The coach is still sticking to that thought now that Perry went under the knife.

Immediately after the horrific-looking injury against Toronto - Jim Davis accidentally rolled on Perry's leg, causing it to break - it wasn't clear if the star defensive lineman would be operated on.

With the club releasing an update on Perry yesterday, it's another unfortunate blow to the team.

Before surgery was deemed necessary, Perry believed he would play again this year.

But the operation was the right move, according to Maciocia.

"If he was planning on playing and being as healthy as he can possibly be, that was the route that he was encouraged to explore and to take," explained the coach last night after practice.

"You can roll the dice and choose not to have it only to realize in three months that you are not any better.

"I think this is the right thing for Perry."

In the first game without Perry last Friday, the Eskimos defence registered an impressive eight sacks, three more than the club had in the previous four weeks of the season.


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