Koch to be centre of attention

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos can't seem to catch a break when it comes to injuries in training camp.

But maybe they can Koch one.

Offensive lineman Kyle Koch will be moved over from his usual spot at left guard to snap the ball at centre in the place of the injured Aaron Fiacconi on Sunday.

The nine-year veteran will miss the exhibition against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver after being injured in camp Thursday when a teammate rolled up on his leg during scrimmage.

"You always plan in case the worst happens," said head coach Richie Hall. "Fi's going to be out for a little while, so one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity because Kyle goes there, but someone has to come in and play guard."

That someone is third-year Eskimos guard Adam Rogers, according to the team's depth chart, while 2009 CFL draft pick Gord Hinse could also see some playing time as backup centre.

"One person, two people or three people are not going to stop the ship from rolling and our expectations haven't changed even though Fi's on the shelf right now," Hall said.

The swi tch from guard to centre will be an adjustment, the coach said.

"He played guard the whole year last year. He's new at (the centre) position, but at the same time he's a veteran and he's not new to playing," Hall said. "He makes the calls now because usually the centre sets the tone out there. Being that he's a veteran and the group of guys he has playing around him he's very familiar with.

"In that manner, you're not missing Fi. You're going to miss Fi because of what Fi brings to the table. At the same time, we've got a very good replacement for him and we're going to keep rolling."

Besides playing next to each other all last year, Fiacconi and Koch trained together during the off-season.


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