Secondary issues

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

The last thing the Edmonton Eskimos defence needs is a juggling act in the secondary.

But that could definitely be the case tonight.

Starting cornerback Jordan Younger is a gametime decision for the Green and Gold this evening, as they battle the B.C. Lions at Commonwealth Stadium.

"I will see how I feel (today)," said Younger, who is refusing to say if he's injured or sick.

If Younger - a five-year CFL veteran - can't play, the secondary will feature a new starting alignment for the third straight week.

"As far as it is looking right now, probably corner (is where I will play tonight)," said Edmonton's Jason Goss, who has started at safety through the first five weeks of the regular season, but would fill Younger's shoes in this game.

If that happens, that likely means Trey Young starts his first game at safety tonight for Edmonton.

Facing the CFL's top passing club - B.C. is averaging 336 passing yards a game - the Eskimos will be facing a stiff challenge with a reworked secondary.

It's unclear how the secondary will line up throughout the game; there are some inexperienced players facing a potent Lion receiving core.

Bradley Robinson will be making just his second CFL start tonight.

Keith Williams will be starting his sixth Canadian tilt.

The Leos will counter with dangerous veterans Paris Jackson and Jason Clermont.

The ever-changing secondary might catch a break because B.C. slotback Geroy Simon is a questionable starter.

When pressed if Simon is going to play, B.C. head coach Wally Buono responded yesterday: "I don't have to say that today."

Buono can wait until 7 p.m. - one hour before kickoff tonight - to announce if Simon has recovered from a hamstring strain.

The ultra-talented receiver made the trip to Edmonton yesterday, but Kahlil Hill would take his place if the medical staff keeps Simon on the sidelines.

Hill has just three practices with the Leos under his belt.

Simon wasn't available to the media yesterday, but said Tuesday he expects to play against Edmonton.

With 483 yards through five games, Simon is second in the league in receiving entering this week.

Jackson is fifth in the CFL in receiving with 410 yards for a 17.8-yard average per catch.


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