Rough welcome to Eskimos for Legare

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:38 PM ET

Etienne Legare is depth-charted as a defensive tackle, but in his first practice with the Edmonton Eskimos Wednesday, he was more of a bouncer.

The 26-year-old Quebec native, who was traded by the Toronto Argonauts for kicker Noel Prefontaine, was welcomed to Edmonton by getting to break up a fight between Patrick Kabongo and Walter Curry.

"Yeah, but sometimes that kind of thing happens on the field because there's a high level of intensity on the field right now," said Legare. "Those guys, really want to get to the playoffs so they go in with an extra push and really want to do well.

"I think this is normal, what we just saw on the field."

Besides physically saving his teammates, Legare is saving the team by becoming the second Canadian defensive tackle on the roster, replacing the injured Dee Sterling behind starter Adam Braidwood.

Legare's presence gives the Eskimos some depth at the position and some added security in their positional ratio.

"I know I'm not going to step on the field for this weekend, but I think I can bring something here," Legare said. "If they traded me for Prefontaine, I think they see in me a good player. I just hope I'm going to bring something to the team and really help on special teams or defence."

Legare received a surprise phone text from his agent at 6 a.m. saying he was traded.

"OK, let's go," Legare replied. "It was a little bit surprising for me."

But being in a position of fighting for a playoff spot with four weeks left in the season is not as much of a surprise.

"I've been through this last year with Toronto," he said.


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