Esks' Argo bounce

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:02 PM ET

Forget the phone, E.T. might be coming home. Just don’t expect a kiss.

Former Edmonton Eskimos defensive tackle Eric Taylor may suit up for his first trip back to Commonwealth Stadium since being traded to the Toronto Argonauts.

With starter Adriano Belli stuck in an air cast and backup Etienne Legare nursing an undisclosed injury, the Argos may activate Adrian Davis and Taylor for Friday’s game.

“Yeah, if he’s ready to go, we might see Eric Taylor,” said Eskimos centre Aaron Fiacconi. “It’s always fun playing guys that have played on your team before.

“They’ve got a chip on their shoulder. It’s fun in a bad way actually because you know they’re going to bring their A game. They’re going to try and make you look bad.

Taylor finished the 2009 season with 28 tackles — three for a loss — three knockdowns and two sacks in 13 games, while missing the other five due to injury. He was traded on Feb. 10 to Toronto in exchange for non-import receivers Andre Talbot and Brad Smith. Taylor had been with the Eskimos since coming to the CFL in 2008.

“It’s part of the job, part of life as a football player and we welcome the challenge,” Fiacconi said. “We’re ready to play good football no matter who’s going to be in front of us. We have to answer the call.”

Belli, the CFL’s notorious Kissing Bandit, was teammates with Fiacconi in Montreal in 2002 and ’03.

“Hopefully there’s a little less kissy face, I definitely don’t need any of that. I’ve played with the guy for a lot of years, aside from that, he’s definitely a pretty solid football player. Hopefully we get the ‘W’ Friday night, I might let him give me a peck on the cheek or something. We’ll see.”


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