Eskimos getting healthy

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:57 PM ET

The 'D' in D-line stands for depth.

The Edmonton Eskimos had two of their starting defensive linemen from last season making a rare simultaneous appearance in practice Tuesday.

Defensive end Greg Peach and defensive tackle Dario Romero were back in action -- at least in limited activity -- after being sidelined for the majority of the season with ankle injuries.

"That was one of our first (practices) together, I guess," Peach said of his fellow Eastern Washington alumnus. "Guys have been getting banged up this year but we're all starting to get healthy.

"I think once everybody gets healthy -- it's already starting to happen -- I think we're going to start seeing the results from that."

A nagging ankle injury kept Romero out of last week's game against the Calgary Stampeders.

"All you can do at this point is try to make everything as positive as you can and just keep fighting," said Romero. "I've got to push myself as well as help the others push themselves. I'm just doing what I can do."

But it's been tough to do from the sidelines.

"It was unfortunate that I had to take the precaution of not playing," said Romero. "I didn't do any more damage to it, it was just some scar tissue so I've just got to keep playing through it. It's going to be nagging all season."

But it won't keep him out of the lineup Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Peach will have to wait longer.

"I'm on no-contact practice right now," Peach said. "Once it starts feeling better, I'll get out there in the pads and start practising finally."

But there is no reason to rush as he was placed on the nine-game injured list and won't be available to play until Week 12 against the Montreal Alouettes.

"Even though Peach isn't ready to play, he's real excited to be out there and to be running around. He's getting closer each day," said head coach Richie Hall. "Because of their injuries, the other players have provided more depth."


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