LaRose facing long rehab

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

Life's thrown more than its share of curveballs at Eskimos defender J.R. LaRose this year.

During training camp, he had to deal with the loss of his young niece, whose life was claimed in a tragic drowning.

Now, his CFL career is on hold after he broke his leg against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday night.

LaRose has struggled to earn a regular spot on the Eskimos game-day roster. His season is now over and he has a long period of rehab ahead of him.

The injury really struck Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia as he watched LaRose's year come to an end on what looked like an innocent collision in Saturday's win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"I have not spoken to him since," Maciocia said yesterday. "He had surgery this morning at 9:30. We're going to swing by there today.

"I have seen the play and it's as innocent as you can imagine. It was just a freak accident, no different than the (Jason) Tucker injury."

It seemed that Maciocia genuinely has a hard time trying to put this particular injury in perspective and how much his heart has gone out for LaRose.

"It's hard to explain," said Maciocia.

"When I walked out there, the amount of pain he was in, I had to turn around and walk off. I don't know if I could have handled staying out there for another 30 seconds or so to see the agony, the pain, the expression than he had. He actually thought he was going to lose his leg.

"We have it under control right now. It's going to be a long process to rehab it. He's still young, so we'll see."

This has been a particularly bad year for injuries throughout the CFL and the Eskimos have had more than their share that have challenged the coaching staff.

"It's been nothing short of unbelievable this year with the injuries we've had for an extended period of time," said Maciocia. "You wonder what ever happened to the one-game injury. We haven't seen that around here for the longest time."

The career of a pro football player is precarious at best.

"It just shows how quickly the game can be taken away from you," said quarterback Ricky Ray. "Trying to earn a spont on the roster, then trying to earn a starting spot. There's all types of things you have to deal with and it can be taken away from you that quick."


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