LaRose looking ahead

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

When J.R. LaRose hobbled into the Edmonton Eskimos dressing room on crutches yesterday, he realized his locker stall was gone.

Sadly for the defensive back, it has been that kind of season.

With so many players on the roster right now, LaRose's stall has been taken by somebody else.

After suffering a broken right leg last Saturday against Winnipeg, LaRose is done for this year.

Now the question is: Will he ever get a locker stall with the Eskimos again?

At 24, LaRose is a borderline player on this club when he's healthy.

Apparently in the option year of his CFL contract, the four-year CFL veteran might have played his last game for the Green and Gold.

In the doghouse with Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia last season, LaRose didn't start a single game this year and at times was a healthy scratch.

Now he's facing three to four months of inactivity while he recovers from a broken tibia and fibula.

"I'll be back next year. Don't know where - but I will be back playing football," said LaRose.

The Edmonton native is trying to look at the bright side of life after a very difficult five months.

He lost a family member - his cousin's son - in a drowning this spring before being yanked on and off the roster before snapping his leg last weekend.

"It is something to build from; I can't go really down from here," he said.

"I have to go up and that is the way I approach my healing."

LaRose is still unclear who exactly hit his leg on a punt return at Commonwealth Stadium.

A replay didn't air on TSN and footage of the mishap was removed from the archived game on TSN's website.

But LaRose does remember everything else while on the field.

"I remember someone hitting my leg, I felt the snap and I didn't feel the pain right away until I looked down and (saw) that my leg was hanging down," he recalled.

"I freaked out from there.

"It was the worst pain I have ever been in. Knowing it was broken made it even worse."

One of the broken bones could be seen pushing through LaRose's sock.

"It felt like it took forever for the trainers to come over. I thought I was out there for about 20 minutes," he said.

It appears LaRose was locked up with Winnipeg's Ian Logan before someone else made the defining hit.

It was Logan who first called for the trainers to get on the field.

Now LaRose's wife Karyn will provide the care at home.

"She just finished her nursing (program) so she has got her first real patient now," he said.

LaRose has a cast up to his right knee.

But that is much more comfortable than the original cast - which was nearly up to his waist - before Monday's surgery.


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