Lloyd says he’s all talked out

Eskimos linebacker Maurice Lloyd draws a bead on Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant...

Eskimos linebacker Maurice Lloyd draws a bead on Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant during a preseason game at Commonwealth Stadium. The Esks host the Riders again on Saturday.

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:06 PM ET

Following the bye week, Maurice Lloyd returned to the same locker-room where he was accused in the media of being a cancer.

A recent column in the Edmonton Sun said as much, but didn’t stir any sort of reaction from the fifth-year CFL veteran.

“I don’t respond to what’s in no media — I just go between them two white lines and go out there and play football like I’ve been doing,” said the Eskimos’ middle linebacker, who leads his team with 39 defensive tackles.

“I go out there with a smile regardless if we’re 1-6 or 6-1, because one thing about this sport is every grown man can’t play it.

“I’m just fortunate enough that I can.”

The outspoken Lloyd has been one of the most critical voices on the Eskimos defence, which has made him a recent target in the media.

“I made comments, it may have hurt someone’s feelings, but every comment I made I included myself,” Lloyd said.

“I never excluded myself in any of my comments, from the Wizard of Oz (needing a heart, a brain and courage), to character, to heart, to emotion, to thinking.

“I always included 47, because 47 is not bigger than the team — 47 is part of the team,” said Lloyd, who wears that number for the Green and Gold.

“With or without me, this show would never stop. The Edmonton Eskimos are going to go on.

“I didn’t mean to rub nobody the wrong way, but if I did, I apologize. Other than that, I did enough talking. I’m going to come out here and play football.

“That cancer comment, I looked at it, I laughed at it. I could get mad at it, but whoever wrote it, that’s how they felt. I don’t take nothing personal.”

While Lloyd was prepared to back up his words, his head coach appeared less willing to back up his player against the cancerous accusation.

“Everyone voices their opinion and you go on with life whether you liked something someone said or you didn’t like something someone said,” Hall said.

“You deal with it. If you’re going to comment on it, you comment on it and then you go on.”

But exactly what is Hall’s opinion?

“I thought I just answered it just now by saying you voice your opinion and you go on with it,” he offered.

IN AND OUT: The Eskimos have signed import running back Brad Lester and import defensive lineman Earl Heyman to their practice roster.

The 24-year-old Lester is five-foot-11, 197 pounds, and had 1,400 yards and 20 touchdowns on 325 carries during his four years at Auburn.

Heyman was on the practice roster of the 2010 Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints after signing as an undrafted free agent.

The 22-year-old made 114 tackles, 10 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss and six fumble recoveries in 49 career games at Louisville.

NOTES: Eskimos defensive halfback Chris Thompson and his wife Sherrica had their first child over the bye week.

Cailyn was born in New Orleans while Chris returned home during the team’s time off.

The proud father, who leads the CFL with five interceptions this season, will return to Edmonton on Wednesday.

Slotback and punt returner Kelly Campbell missed Monday’s practice because of a delayed flight and is expected to be ready to go on Tuesday.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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