By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Damon Duval isn’t out of the woods yet.
After passing a gall stone that he played through on Friday to finish out the regular season, the Edmonton Eskimos punter is stuck between a rock and a hard place, worried another could be on the way between now and Sunday’s playoff game.
“I passed one about 4:30 the next morning after the game,” Duval said after undergoing more blood work and kidney-function tests at Commonwealth Stadium on Monday. “So they can make sure there’s no more left, that this could reoccur again, especially with a playoff game coming up.”
The pain is almost as hard to describe as it is to go through.
“Have you ever been on a long trip where you had to pee so bad and they won’t pull over and it starts hurting?” Duval said. “Well, imagine that magnified by about 100. There is just no let up. It’s constant and it starts in your lower back.”
If the constant pain portion hits him at game time, Duval said there would be no way he would be able to play through it this week, playoffs or not.
“This is my fifth one,” Duval said. “So thanks, dad. Unfortunately these can be hereditary and he’s had over 40 in his life so far.”
Duval has begun keeping them to show his children.
“My kids are small, so they don’t understand: ‘Rocks coming through your peeps, dad?’ ” Duval said. “So I kept it so they could see what it was. In reality, it looks like basically a little beebee and unfortunately that little thing can bring that much pain.”
If Duval ends up getting scratched this week, the kicking duties will fall on Derek Schiavone, who was activated last week in case Duval couldn’t play. In tandem, Duval takes care of punting and kickoff duties, while Schiavone is much more accurate at field goals.