Esks' Davis, Nowacki ready

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:16 PM ET

You win some, you lose some.

The saying goes as much for games as it does injuries in the CFL.

After losing star slotback Fred Stamps to an abdominal injury following last week’s loss, the Edmonton Eskimos are getting starting linebacker Rod Davis and wide receiver Andrew Nowacki back from hamstring injuries in time for Montreal on Thursday.

“We had (Davis) in some pass-rush situations just to test his explosiveness because from the linebackers spot, you’re not going to get a true testament of his explosiveness in testing that hamstring,” said head coach Kavis Reed. “He was able to do that very successfully and there were no signs that things were not good.”

The same goes for Nowacki on offence.

“We ran him on a couple of wheel routes and that was intentional, just to see if he could do those types of cuts and those manoeuvers,” Reed said. “Because if his hamstring can hold up to those I think he’ll be OK.”

Nowacki’s arrival is just in time for the receiving corps that is all-hands-on-deck with Stamps out and Adarius Bowman still tending to cracked ribs.

“I wish I wasn’t needed like the situation’s presenting itself,” Nowacki said. “It will be nice when we get all faces back.”

Another nod for Messam

With 50 yards on eight carries against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last Friday, Edmonton Eskimos RB Jerome Messam has received his second Canadian Player of the Week honour of the season.


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