Agustin watching from sidelines

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

Agustin Barrenechea is staying in the sports news spotlight for an entirely different reason this week.

One week after being fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit, the Edmonton Eskimos middle linebacker is now being kept out of major defensive drills at practice.

Watching the starting defence go through its paces yesterday with Scott Coe at middle linebacker, Barrenechea will apparently be healthy enough to play Friday in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions (8:30 p.m. MT, TSN, CHED).

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia isn't revealing the exact problem with the quarterback of his defence, but doesn't seem concerned.

"It's just precautionary more than anything else," said Maciocia on why Barrenechea is just watching practice.

Barrenechea has started every regular season game at middle linebacker for the Eskimos this year.

Edmonton enters this week just two points behind the three-way tie for first place in the West Division.

The Lions are part of that tie for first with 18 points.

The Esks are at 8-6 in the West and need one more win or one more Toronto loss to clinch a playoff spot through the cross-over scenario in the East Division.

FINISH LINES

Receiver Fred Stamps is still expected to play on Friday even though he suffered a leg injury in last Saturday's win against Winnipeg ... Running back AJ Harris isn't expected to play Friday ... Unless something changes at today's final Eskimo practice of the week, defensive end Fred Perry will likely remain on the sidelines this week. Perry didn't practise with the first team defence yesterday and likely needs another week to get into better shape.


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