Eskimos' Messam on the limp

Edmonton Eskimo Jerome Messam during practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on...

Edmonton Eskimo Jerome Messam during practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, November 10, 2011. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:20 PM ET

Jerome Messam has been listed as questionable for Sunday’s playoff game with a lower-body injury.

The Edmonton Eskimos running back saw limited use on Thursday, seeing action for the first time since leaving Monday’s practice early with what the team is calling a lower-body injury.

“We think he should be fine,” said head coach Kavis Reed. “It’s a situation where we thought we had something under control and it just flared up in practice on Monday.

“Now we’re going to go a couple of days probably without him repping with it being questionable. Obviously, Jerome Messam is a very important part of our offence, so it does concern us but it’s on the 50-50 side.”

The West Division’s nominee for most-outstanding Canadian player, the 1,000-yard rusher dressed for all 18 games of the season. But the Eskimos are approaching his injury differently than they would during the regular season.

“Yeah, it’s one-and-done and we’re playing a very good football team and especially a very good defence. It does change it,” Kavis said. “But this team has always been resilient. This team has always found a way to respond to injuries.”

Sunday’s response would come in the form of Hugh Charles,

“He’s got to play,” Charles said of Messam. “There’s got to be a fight in him to come back and play in the big game.

“It’s do or die and you never know if you’re going to get this opportunity again.”

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