Esks Sherritt will sit

J.C. Sherritt, the West Divison most-outstanding rookie, works out earlier this month, but will...

J.C. Sherritt, the West Divison most-outstanding rookie, works out earlier this month, but will miss the West semifinal against the Calgary Stampeders due to an ankle injury. Perry Mah, QMI Agency

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:25 PM ET

EDMONTON - Rookie LB and West Divison most-outstanding rookie J.C. Sherritt has been placed on the one-game injured list heading into Sunday’s game.

While he tried practising through an ankle injury that saw him miss the last two games of the regular season, he was shelved in favour of Mark Restelli.

It will be Restelli’s first start since rejoining the Eskimos after spending the NFL preseason with the Miami Dolphins.

“Getting back in for a playoff game, that playoff atmosphere, that’s exciting,” said Restelli, who is in his third CFL season, all with the Eskimos.

But besides dressing for one game in Vancouver on Sept. 30, the former starter has been relegated to the bench since his return.

“I’m a professional, I have a great work ethic,” he said. “So I work out like I’m playing every week and then in practice I go hard non-stop, whether I’m on the defence or I’m on the scout team pissing off the offence because I’m going hard.”

For Restelli, there is no time like the present to make his presence known.

“I would have liked to be on the field earlier, but I’m getting on the field now so that’s all that really matters,” he said. “It’s really tough to throw in a player that came halfway through the season when other players are playing good.”

Not to mention having to get used to a new scheme under a new defensive co-ordinator, with a new coaching staff he has to prove himself to.

“Even now, I’ve got to prove myself every day,” Restelli said. “That’s how it is with every team.”

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