Eskimos drop Key

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:06 PM ET

It turns out LaDarius Key wasn’t the right fit after all.

The Edmonton Eskimos released the second-year CFLer Tuesday, despite being left empty-handed now from the off-season trade that sent kick returner Tristan Jackson to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“It was a very difficult conversation,” head coach Kavis Reed said. “I have to preface it by saying we haven’t closed the door on bringing LaDarius back.

“I spoke to LaDarius about that but right now, based on the numbers we have and the injuries we have, we have to look at possibly bringing some other guys in to fill some positions.”

Meaning Key’s release wasn’t based on performance.

“It’s solely a fact that we have some injuries and we have to bring some people in right now,” Reed said.

After spending the 2010 season on the Roughriders practice roster, Key was traded to the Eskimos for Jackson on May 18.

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