Esks look to shuffle deck -- again

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:41 AM ET

Are the Edmonton Eskimos about to have their third starting safety of the regular season?

If you believe the Esks depth chart given to the media yesterday, the answer is yes.

Siddeeq Shabazz is listed as the new safety, moving from his outside linebacker position.

However, when Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia was asked yesterday about Shabazz being listed at the new position on the team-issued depth chart, the answer didn't confirm the change.

"I don't know if he is going to play free safety," said Maciocia.

"He can play Will (outside linebacker), free (safety), Sam (outside linebacker). What we are going to do is try to get some rotation back there and try to disguise as much as we can possibly disguise.

"Siddeeq Shabazz has played free safety. He played with the Raiders in the NFL. So, he has some exposure back there. So, if it ever calls for us to line him back up there, then we will."

It all means the Esks secondary - which has been a revolving door this year - is a mystery heading into tonight's game.

Will Shabazz start at safety?

Will Jason Goss return to safety?

Those answers will come when the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Eskimos battle tonight at 7 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium.

The required shuffle in the heart of the secondary is due to the fact regular starting safety Trey Young is on the one-game injured list with an ankle problem.

Goss started the season at safety before Young took over.

If Shabazz takes over tonight, he will become the ninth starter in the Esks defensive backfield this year.

FINISH LINES: EXPECT VETERAN EDMONTON CORNERBACK JORDAN YOUNGER TO RETURN TO THE FIELD TONIGHT AFTER MISSING TWO GAMES WITH A HAMSTRING INJURY ... IF SHABAZZ MOVES TO SAFETY, KENNY ONATOLU WILL GET THE START - IT APPEARS - AT WILL LINEBACKER, REPLACING SHABAZZ ... KEITH SHOLOGAN WILL MAKE HIS RIDER DEBUT TONIGHT. THE DEFENSIVE LINEMAN PLAYED HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IN SPRUCE GROVE.


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