'Bow-wow' Guillory?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

It appears Brandon Guillory has returned to the dog house.

The Edmonton Eskimos defensive end will likely be a healthy scratch for Saturday's game in Regina (5 p.m., TSN), marking the third time this year he has been benched.

After posting four sacks in two games to start this month, Guillory was "average" last week, according to head coach Danny Maciocia.

While Maciocia has not declared what Guillory's status is this week, he didn't participate in drills with the first-team defence in practices this week.

And the third-year Eskimo can't believe he is being taken off the roster again.

"I really can't," he remarked. "But at this point, nothing surprises me. All you got to do is just plead the Fifth. That is about it - just support the team."

Jim Davis appears to be re-joining the roster in Guillory's spot.

If the signs are true and Guillory doesn't play Saturday, the Eskimos will be without the pass rusher who knows the most about Saskatchewan Roughrider starting quarterback Steven Jyles.

Guillory and Jyles played together for five years at the University of Lousiana-Monroe and have been friends for nearly 10 years.

"One thing I can say about that is I think Steve is going to be happy to see me not playing," commented Guillory.

In a preseason game this spring, Guillory sacked Jyles twice.

Guillory is tied for the team lead with six sacks, despite only playing in 10 of the 16 games.

But the knock against him is his lack of productivity while trying to stop the run.

At 9-7, the Eskimos need to defeat the Riders on Saturday to keep alive any chance of playing in the West Division playoffs.

If Edmonton is defeated this weekend, the Esks will play in the East Division semifinal in Winnipeg in early November.

Meanwhile, defensive end Fred Perry returned to practice yesterday after missing one day for sickness.

Perry is scheduled to play in his sixth game of the year in Regina against his old team.

The eight-year CFL veteran hasn't recorded a sack this season after having eight with the Riders last year.

But the 33-year-old is looking forward to seeing Jyles at quarterback because he feels the Riders won't be able to duplicate their quick-release offence from Week 1 when Marcus Crandell was at the controls.

"I see (Jyles) holding onto the ball a little longer," said Perry.

RIDER RUMBLINGS

According to a report out of Regina, the Riders will be a healthier bunch for the upcoming tilt.

Linebacker Anton McKenzie, slotback Andy Fantuz, receiver Corey Grant and offensive tackle Belton Johnson are all expected to be back on the roster this weekend.

Offensive lineman Wayne Smith is out.

FINISH LINES

Edmonton middle linebacker Agustin Barrenechea returned to the practice field yesterday after sitting out Tuesday with an undisclosed problem ... The Eskimos are a brutal 1-8 in their last nine regular-season games in Regina.


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