Esks' Richardson deals with broken wrist

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:43 PM ET

EDMONTON - Elliot Richardson has experienced the sophomore jinx.

The second-year Eskimos safety has had surgery on a wrist he broke in the team’s final preseason game Sunday in Vancouver.

And, the nature of the injury means he will be unable to continue with a playing cast.

“It’s going to be longer than two, three games,” said head coach Richie Hall.

Richardson was thrust into the role of calling the signals for the secondary when Scott Gordon was injured in the fourth quarter of Game 1 last year.

So, for the second straight year, the team will have to rely on an inexperienced safety.

For now, former Edmonton Wildcats defensive back Corbin Sharun has been pencilled in to take No. 1 reps when the team heads back to the practice field on Friday.

“He’s in the same spot Elliot was last year,” said Hall.

Jason Nugent provides some veteran backup and 2010 second-round choice Saleem Borhot has had a frustrating training camp in which minor injuries have impeded his ability to show his stuff.

“The good thing is we don’t play until July 4,” said Hall, who has some time to sort out the final makeup of his team.

Sharun was drafted in the sixth round, 43rd overall in the 2010 after a stellar career with the Wildcats.

Sharun played at his high school with the Strathcona Lords.

After a two-year stint as quarterback at St. Francis Xavier University in 2005-06, Sharun was named a CJFL all-star defensive back in 2009.

On a Wildcats team that played in the PFC final, Sharun had five interceptions, returning one back for a touchdown.

Richardson’s injury means there’s only one returning 2009 starter, corner Jason Goss, who will be in the lineup on opening day.

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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