EDMONTON - While preseason losses don’t count, the roster losses from preseason injuries certainly do.
The Edmonton Eskimos fell 23-21 to the Calgary Stameders Sunday, but what’s worse is the number of players who fell during the game.
Topping the list is kick returner Tristan Jackson, who injured his shoulder early on in the game and wasn’t present for Monday’s rundown at Clarke Park.
“I know he’s hurting right now and he won’t play this week,” head coach Richie Hall said Monday before meeting with the team doctor. “I don’t think it’s separated. There is something wrong with it because he won’t be able to play this week. He’s not out here to run or to even watch the players run. There’s some degree of discomfort. To what (degree), I can further update you once I find out the news myself.”
Skyler Green returned a 49-yard punt before leaving the game early on as well.
“He took a knee in the head,” Hall said. “He could have came back in but it was just more of a precaution thing to be safe than sorry. He was very impressive, very valuable to our football team.
“Like a few other guys who were a little nicked, they could have returned but we’re just kind of taking a cautious approach.”
The could-haves include starting centre Aaron Fiacconi and defensive lineman Anthony Maddox.
“We’ll just see how the week develops as far as the little nicks and things like that later on in the week,” Hall said. “(Tuesday), we’re going to adjust practice a little bit and let them get a chance to get their legs back, get their minds back and get ready to go for B.C.”
The Eskimos travel to Vancouver to close out the preseason schedule against the B.C. Lions on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tuesday’s practice will run from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Commonwealth Stadium.