Esks looking to plug injury bug

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

Clinton Wayne is returning to the Edmonton Eskimos.

The non-import defensive tackle is scheduled to rejoin the team today, a source from outside Edmonton told Sun Media.

The club is not making any comments on player personnel moves but expect an announcement before this afternoon's practice.

Wayne's return to the Green and Gold comes at a pivotal time.

The eight-year CFLer will provide critical depth on a defensive line that has been stung several times by injuries this year.

Of course, that is providing he passes a team medical and officially signs a contract today.

But Sun Media has learned that Wayne has agreed to a deal - in principle - with the Esks.

The 31-year-old played parts of two seasons in Edmonton - 2004 and 2005.

He played in 13 games in Hamilton in 2007.

Released by Hamilton on July 27, Wayne is a product of Ohio State.

Edmonton only has two healthy defensive tackles at the moment: veteran Dario Romero and rookie Joe Anoai.

Impressive rookie tackle Jim Davis has missed the last two practices with an upper body injury.

It's unclear if he will be able to play on Thursday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium.

Entering this year, Wayne had played in 102 CFL games with 129 tackles and 12 sacks.

FINISH LINES: ESKIMOS DEFENSIVE BACK JONTE BUHL RETURNED TO PRACTICE YESTERDAY AFTER AN UNDISCLOSED INJURY KEPT HIM ON THE SIDELINES SUNDAY ... STARTING SAFETY TREY YOUNG DIDN'T APPEAR ON THE PRACTICE FIELD FOR A SECOND STRAIGHT DAY, MAKING HIS STATUS FOR THURSDAY'S GAME VERY QUESTIONABLE. YOUNG HAS AN ANKLE INJURY.


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