Whitlock taking more reps with Esks

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

Arkee Whitlock was sharing first-team reps in Wednesday’s practice after missing the first three weeks of the season with a torn hamstring.

While it isn’t likely the running back will resume his starting role Saturday against the Calgary Stampeders, coaches will have an opportunity to get him in rotation at the position.

“He looked very good in practice (this week),” said head coach Kavis Reed. “What the reports are is there is no residual effect from practice. He’s pretty good.

“By the end of the day, we’ll know whether or not he’s in or not,” said Reed, whose squad currently leads the league with an average of 140.7 rushing yards per game. “The factor is whether or not we feel it will upset the chemistry that we have. Can he make it through a full game?”

But after having sat out since training camp, questions arise as to Whitlock’s conditioning.

“That’s something we can’t really gauge because he hasn’t had a game,” Reed said. “He didn’t play in the preseason so we don’t know what his game conditioning is.”

GETTIN’ HITCHED: Eskimos WR Nate Coehoorn, a first-round draft pick out of the University of Calgary, is getting married following his rookie season.

“I’m getting married in January in Australia,” said Coehoorn, who will wed Sydney native Allison Williams.

IN AND OUT: SB Fred Stamps returned to practice after resting Tuesday, along with FB Jerome Messam (thigh). FB WR Andrew Nowacki (hamstring) was not practising and will not play Saturday. While he is still on the nine-game injured list, SB Brad Smith (ankle) was practising for the first time since training camp on Wednesday. DL Joe Sykes (ankle) saw limited practice time but is expected to be available for Saturday’s game. DL Julius Williams (elbow) practised for the first time since dislocating his elbow heading into the season opener.

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