Romero fined for roughness

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The CFL has fined Eskimos' defensive lineman Dairo Romero $2,500 for his part in Friday night's altercation at B.C. Place in Vancouver.

Romero and Lions offensive lineman Rob Murphy, who was also fined, received unnecessary roughness penalties on the play that started when Murphy tackled Edmonton safety Jason Goss and allegedly choked him.

Curiously, Esks' defender Siddeeq Shabazz, who was ejected from the game, escaped reprimand.

"While Murphy's conduct was clearly inappropriate, and the subsequent involvement of other players compounded the risk to Goss, Murphy's actions alone did not constitute an unnecessary risk to Goss that was severe enough to merit suspension under the new player safety standard established recently by the league," the CFL said in a release.

All Esks head coach Danny Maciocia could do was shrug.

HEALTHY OUTLOOK

With Fred Perry rarin' to go after a full practice yesterday, it appears the team will try to find a way to fit him into the lineup for Friday's rematch with the Lions at Commonwealth Stadium.

The trick is how to get him in without disrupting the chemistry of a defensive line that's been instrumental in helping the Esks ride a two-game win streak.

"We got your typical lacerations, contusions and what have you coming out of that game,' said Maciocia.

"The good news is that there's probably an opportunity for Fred Perry and AJ Harris to come back into the lineup."

Odd man out during yesterday's defensive drills was Jim Davis.

Maciocia said Harris was "running well."

Receiver Fred Stamps continues to be a question mark after sustaining an ankle injury after taking a helmet to the shin against Winnipeg.

JACKSON BACK

A punt return for a touchdown against Winnipeg. An interception against B.C. after Kevin Goss got booted from the game.

After a prolonged period out of the spotlight, Tristan Jackson found his way back.

"He's got his game back," said Maciocia.

"What really impressed me about him was how he hung in there. Besides getting an interception, I was really impressed with his play."

SAY WHAT?

"It was a surprise, but I can tell you this week, I'll probably be stunned if he only has one catch for six yards. I'm sure there's going to be an emphasis on him trying to get the ball."

- Danny Maciocia on B.C. receiver Geroy Simon's inability to make more catches on Friday night.


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