Pettway gets shot

GERRY MODDENJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:25 AM ET

EDMONTON - Make way for Pettway.

Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Kenneth Pettway will cut his CFL teeth this week against the Montreal Alouettes.

The six-foot-three, 248-pound former Green Bay Packer will make his first football start since November 2008, in the place of the injured Greg Peach.

“He’s going to be out for a couple weeks,” Eskimos head coach Richie Hall said of Peach, who injured his ankle in last Sunday’s season opener. “The extent, I don’t know that. Right now, he’s immobilized and he’s on crutches.”

Pettway knows the feeling well, after tearing his ACL in the last NFL game he played in.

“This is my first time in live action in the season since then,” said Pettway, who played in parts of both preseason contests but was a healthy scratch in last Sunday’s season opener. “Stuff happens during the season, guys go down and you get an opportunity to step in and be able to play.

“Hopefully I can take care of it. I’ve got to fill some big shoes out there. Stuff moves a lot faster in regular season than it does in preseason, so this is the actual real test.”

Since the preseason, Pettway has switched jerseys from No. 55 to No. 99.

“Actually I like 55, but because of special-teams reasons and eligibility numbers on the field I had to switch to 99,” said Pettway, who is well aware of his new number’s connection with his new city. “I’ve played with 55 for a long time, so when they changed me to 99 and since that was a great number in this town, I figured why don’t I wear it and try to follow in the footsteps.”

Make that skate strides.

“When I was little I could (skate),” said the native of Houston, Texas. “I haven’t done it in a long time.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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