Esks re-sign Goldie again

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

In one of the more surprising moves by Danny Maciocia this year, the Eskimos head coach has re-signed running back Ron McClendon.

The Green and Gold cut defensive tackle Joe Anoai yesterday and placed McClendon on the practice roster.

It all means McClendon has been cut twice this year and now brought back twice.

But Maciocia feels this is the right move with the club getting ready for Saturday's East Division final in Montreal.

"We have a surplus of defensive linemen and we want to make sure we have got a lot of good looks at the tailback position (in practice this week)," said Maciocia.

McClendon will be a scout player at practice this week, meaning he will be trying to imitate what Montreal's scatback-like running backs will be doing on Saturday.

It doesn't appear he will dress for Saturday's game.

Instead, he will just spend the rest of the week prepping the defence.

All CFL teams are only allowed to have seven players on the practice roster - but one must be a 2008 draft pick.

Cutting Anoai opened the seventh spot for McClendon to come back.

While cutting a player with one or possibly two weeks left in the season seems somewhat strange from an outsider's perspective, Maciocia denied Anoai had an attitude issue.

Anoai played five games this year but had his fate sealed with the emergence of Eric Taylor at defensive tackle this fall.


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