Prefontaine poised to be a papa

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

Noel Prefontaine has left the Edmonton Eskimos to be with his pregnant wife.

The Green and Gold's stellar punter/kicker is in Toronto, where his wife, Tanya, is due to deliver Noah today.

With this being the couple's first child, Prefontaine had the opportunity to call his own shot for when he left the team.

"I told him to go whenever he was ready," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia.

It's unclear when Prefontaine will return to the team.

If Tanya gives birth to Noah in the middle of this week, it's possible Prefontaine will rejoin the Esks in Vancouver for Friday's game against the B.C. Lions (8:30 p.m. MT, TSN, CHED).

If Prefontaine misses Friday's game, rookie Derek Schiavone - who hasn't taken a single snap in a CFL regular-season game - would fill the void.

Prefontaine has a 76.2% success rate on field goals this year and has a 47.2-yard punting average.

Schiavone was three-for-four in field goals in his only two preseason games this year for Edmonton.

The rookie was successful multiple times from 45 yards in yesterday's practice.

QUICK HITS

Taylor Inglis isn't moping around the dressing room now that Mike Maurer has returned.

Inglis is on the hot seat for his long-snapping in the last two games.

Bouncing the ball back to Prefontaine in back-to-back tilts before suffering a concussion last Saturday, Inglis needs to be better.

Maurer can long snap and has done it for the Esks in previous years.

"I'm ecstatic to have Mike back," said Inglis.

"He is a great player."

Inglis returned to practice yesterday and snapped the ball on the target to Schiavone.

FINISH LINES

Tristan Jackson is the CFL special teams player of the week while Calvin McCarty is the top Canadian.

Jackson returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown for the Esks last Saturday. McCarty had nearly 170 yards from the line of scrimmage as Edmonton's starting running back last weekend.


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