Esks still have some big holes to fill

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

Receiver Brock Ralph won't play for the Edmonton Eskimos tomorrow against Hamilton.

Starting defensive tackle Dario Romero is questionable.

And head coach Danny Maciocia is not going to reveal who is the new starter in the secondary this week, replacing injured Bradley Robinson.

Outside of the Ricky Ray story, those are the main Eskimo roster storylines on the go as the Tiger-Cats visit Commonwealth Stadium tomorrow.

Romero's health is the big issue on defence, as the Tabbies boast the top rushing game in the league - averaging 179.4 yards per contest, 52 more yards than any other team.

While the CFL roster rules for this week called for teams to declare injured players yesterday, the Esks kept Romero on the 46-man roster, apparently.

"I will carry Dario all the way down to game time," said Maciocia, referring to the fact the defensive lineman will be a game-time decision.

Romero's injury is being kept a secret but he did leave last Friday's tilt with a left foot injury.

He hasn't practised all week.

Joe Anoai and Clinton Wayne would likely share Romero's spot if he can't play.

Ralph is on the sidelines for an unknown amount of time with another undisclosed problem. Rookie Kevin Challenger or Greg Prator will likely take his spot in the receiving unit.

Like Romero, Ralph's still on the 46-man roster - not the one-game injured list - keeping salary costs down.


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