Braidwood wants to play

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

REGINA -- Adam Braidwood is constantly in Danny Maciocia's ear making his case.

Stuck on the Edmonton Eskimos' nine-game injury list, Braidwood is trying to convince his head coach he can contribute in the final two regular-season games.

And Maciocia is now mulling over the idea of pulling Braidwood off the injury list before his time is up.

"I am thinking about it," admitted Maciocia.

But there are plenty of factors involved in determining if Braidwood will see the field before the playoffs.

First, the non-import defensive lineman has to prove he's healthy enough to be effective after tearing an ACL last October and recovering ever since.

"I feel I can play right now," said Braidwood.

"I have been asking (Danny) every day. Just pull me off the nine-game.

"It doesn't look like anybody else is coming off (the nine-game list). I really feel like I can help the team at this point in time.

"I have been working on my conditioning.

"I don't feel like I should be placed in the starting position but I definitely feel like I can help in the rotation - at end or tackle."

If Braidwood can turn heads in practice this week, that is step one.

The next step is financial.

Braidwood is only five games into his second stint on the nine-game list this year.

If Maciocia decides to activate the former first-round pick to the playing roster before his scheduled injury time is up, the Eskimos would have to add Braidwood's salary from the games he missed during his latest stay on the nine-game list to the team total against the salary cap.

By adding that salary, the club might end up over the $4.2-million cap.

"It could be a problem (for the salary cap)," said Maciocia.

Without having played a game so far this year, Braidwood would surely be rusty if he's activated in the stretch run to the playoffs.

But non-import Clinton Wayne - who has plugged Braidwood's spot on the field - has been rather ineffective in limited time this year.

Wayne has yet to record a defensive tackle, sack or tackle for loss in eight games.


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