Washburn ‘cast’ on O-line

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:12 PM ET

Cliff Washburn is ready to cast off the 2011 season.

That’s because the Edmonton Eskimos offensive lineman finally got to take the cast off his right hand, which had a broken ring finger from training camp, as he joined the first-team offence.

“Everything’s coming together. I’ll be back full-go here soon,” said Washburn, who took over for fellow import Junius Coston at left tackle.

Non-import Brian Ramsay, who has been out as long as Washburn with a knee injury, got in at right tackle, moving Greg Wojt inside to right guard in place of Kyle Koch.

The changes come despite the success the offensive line had in the first two weeks of the season, where they allowed just one sack per game and run-blocked for over 100 yards in both.

“I give all the credit to the O-line, they just played great. It’s kind of a band of brothers, there’s no glory out there for us normally,” Washburn said. “We’re all one and we’re normally referred to in that way, so I definitely say they played great.”

While head coach Kavis Reed doesn’t want to upset the apple cart, he would be putting the cart before the horse if he didn’t look for ways to improve his offence.

“We have to be very careful not to upset the chemistry but there are some necessary changes,” Reed said. “We’re always looking for ways to improve and we have a long way to go. If someone, we feel, can come in and contribute and make us better, we’re going to look at that.”

Reed coached Washburn in the past with the Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“Cliff is a guy that we had earlier on thought would be a major contributor to our offensive line,” said Reed. “With the injury, that set that back. Now we have an opportunity to get him back working with the group and hopefully he can be ready to go sooner than later.”


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