Jones still in limbo

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Random thoughts and observations as the Edmonton Eskimos try to bounce back to the win column in Winnipeg tomorrow.

- It appears it will be status quo on the Green and Gold's offensive line against the Blue Bombers tomorrow (6 p.m. MT, TSN, CHED).

Even though the Eskimos gave up six sacks in Sunday's 40-4 loss in Montreal, there isn't scheduled to be a change to the starting five, Sun Media has learned.

Calvin Armstrong will remain at left tackle while former starter Garrick Jones remains off the roster.

Jones seems healthy enough to play, considering he practised to start this week.

But this offensive line seems to get another chance in Winnipeg.

- All the signs around Eskimoland seem to be pointing to a much improved outing tomorrow.

Tempo to start yesterday's practice was good.

There was a fired-up edge to Tuesday's first practice of the week when Armstrong and Darrell Robertson got into a scuffle - leaving Armstrong without a helmet and a cut on his face.

The special teams unit worked on key fundamentals after the end of Tuesday's regular practice.

And the club decided to delay its charter flight to Winnipeg today by four hours to get their practice and film work in Edmonton.

The coaching staff clearly feels that will help preparation for the game.

- The good news for the Eskimos is that defensive tackle Dario Romero appears to be healthy enough to play after sitting out Tuesday's practice.

The bad news for the club is that Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn has a quick release - similar to Montreal's Anthony Calvillo, who torched the Esks last Sunday.

"As long as we take away his first read (to a receiver), (that does) give us a little more time to get after him," said Romero.

"Also, Glenn is shorter than AC, so we will be able to get our hands up and knock some balls down."

Added Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia: "Glenn is a good quarterback. The last couple of weeks it seems they have been able to turn it on offensively.

"It is really hard to get to him (in the pocket). We will have to find a way for him to hold onto the football."

- Will the Eskimos have the services of receiver Kelly Campbell tomorrow?

After leaving Sunday's game in the first quarter with a rib injury, Campbell appeared on the practice field yesterday in full gear - running for the training staff.

- The hurricane season in the Gulf Coast has left some damage to Jones's home in Houston, Texas.

"I am trying to get some pictures right now," said Jones. "The fences are gone."

More importantly, Jones has been told by friends in the area there is damage to the roof.

Check the EskimosInsider blog at http://blog.canoe.ca/eskimos today for changes to Edmonton's roster and the latest news on tomorrow's game.


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