While the rest of his teammates are packing for a road trip to the Maritimes, Arkee Whitlock is packing it in for the rest of the regular season.
The Edmonton Eskimos running back will not be travelling to Montreal today to play the Alouettes Sunday before heading to New Brunswick for the week leading up to the Touchdown Atlantic game against the Toronto Argonauts.
"(I'll be) watching a lot of games on TV, trying to stay as close to the guys as I can," said Whitlock, who was placed on the nine-game injured list prior to last Friday's 36-20 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.
"It couldn't have happened at a wronger time."
That's because Whitlock was leading the West Division in rushing yards before injuring his ankle at McMahon Stadium on Labour Day, which ended up costing him the rest of the regular season.
"This is the first week reality actually set in for me," said Whitlock, who will take getting out of his air cast on Monday as small consolation for not being a part of the team.
"I'm trying to figure out now what I'm going to do besides rehab. I guess I'll just rehab and try to get better. Try to make it back and help my team."
But for now, his teammates will have to help him if Whitlock has any chance of playing again this year. But his injury status won't allow that to happen until the post-season.
"Playoffs are definitely a possibility," he said.
"I learned last year anything can happen. You don't have to have a perfect record to make the playoffs. I think the way the divisions are going, it's the two teams hanging around at the bottom that I think we can get some wins and catch."
To earn their place at the post-season table, the Eskimos will have to catch up to the B.C. Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who both sit two points ahead of Edmonton with 3-7 records.