EDMONTON - As painful as it was to sit out the end of the season, it was well worth the wait for a pair of injured Edmonton Eskimos.
Linebacker J.C. Sherritt and defensive lineman Greg Peach are looking to get back in the action when playoffs open Sunday.
“It’s been really tough to have to sit and watch, but you just have to move forward. You’ve got to treat it day-to-day, like always,” said Sherritt. “Luckily, I’m going to be able to make it back for this game.”
Even if it means playing in the cast he has been wearing since having surgery on a broken finger — a minor repair the team only considered because Sherritt had been out the past two weeks with a sprained ankle anyway.
“It happened for a reason because now the finger’s fixed and the ankle feels great,” said Sherritt, adding he is in better shape now than before injuring his ankle in Week 17 against the Toronto Argonauts.
While nobody is 100% after a full regular season, Peach said a little rest never hurts.
“This is definitely the game where everyone needs to be on top of their game because this is the most important game of the year to this point,” said Peach, who is rehabbing a surgically repaired knee. “Obviously I wanted to play, but at the same time I had to utilize the rest I could get and feel pretty close to 100%.”
“Now, it really doesn’t matter how you feel, just go out there, try to win games and get to the Grey Cup.”
IN AND OUT: The West Division nominee for CFL most outstanding Canadian, RB Jerome Messam, sat out Wednesday’s practice with illness but is expected to play on Sunday. Sherritt (finger) practised with a cast on his hand, along with Peach (knee). Greg Wojt (ankle) did not practise.