Full circle for Esks' Nugent

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:42 PM ET

EDMONTON - The injury carousel continues in the Edmonton Eskimos free-safety position.

In fact, it’s made it all the way around for Jason Nugent, who will make his second start of the year Friday against the B.C. Lions.

It’s the same opponent he faced in his first start of the year, coming in in relief of starter Elliott Richardson, who broke his wrist in the preseason.

“We’ve got a lot of injuries but coaches keep all of us prepared so if one guy goes down, another steps up,” said Nugent, who was injured in Week 1 and replaced by rookie Saleem Borhot.

This week, Nugent will get the start in place of Borhot, who suffered a groin injury halfway through last week’s loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“Everybody’s prepared, so it’s not a big issue.”

Neither is the loss of Lions quarterback Casey Printers, who will miss this week with a knee injury and be replaced by Travis Lulay.

“Either quarterback that’s in, it doesn’t really make a difference because they both have the same style of play,” Nugent said. “They run around and they throw it up.

“Travis Lulay, I remember watching him in his first couple games and I was pretty impressed by him. He’s a quarterback who likes to run to pass.”

And Nugent is up for the challenge as he gets another shot at the Lions offence.

‘Redemption’

“This is redemption, kind of a payback week, you know?” Nugent said. “I felt like we left a lot of points out there. I think as a defence we played al lright, but we could always improve and play better.”

Like not giving up a 61-yard rush to running back Jamal Richardson, who eluded a handful of tacklers, including Nugent, in Week 1.

“Safety, we’ve got a lot of field to cover so we’ve always got to be on top of what’s going on; when to scramble, when to stay deep,” Nugent said. “We’re ultimately the last guy, the safety, to make a play.”

While that win from Week 1 is the only thing that separates the Lions from the winless Eskimos, Nugent said they were hardly outplayed.

“If you look at the stats, they only had one touchdown on us and a bunch of field goals so if we can limit them to less than that, then hopefully we’ll get the win,” he said. “The offence is going to do what they do.”

And so will Nugent, who is looking to make the most of another opportunity to show what he can do at safety.

“I can’t treat it like it’s a more important game than any other game because I’ve got to treat it the same and prepare the same way,” he said.

IN AND OUT: K Noel Prefontaine (illness) remained out, along with FS Saleem Borhot (groin) and KR Skyler Green (leg). All three are doubtful for Friday’s game. DL Justin Cooper and FB Mathieu Bertrand both returned to action after recuperating from minor injuries received in last week’s game.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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