|The Esks will be without Jerome Messam for the rest of the CFL playoffs after the running back suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos will be without the West Division's most-outstanding Canadian for the rest of their playoff run after announcing Tuesday the running back suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee.
The 1,000-yard rusher was injured in the third quarter of last Sunday's divisional semifinal when he was hit by Calgary Stampeders safety Demetris Morley.
"An important piece of our team is gone, but that's the nature of football," said head coach Kavis Reed. "Life goes on. We're concerned about Jerome's recovery and the health of this football team moving forward."
It's an abrupt end to what turned into an otherwise outstanding season for Messam, which began with him getting suspended by the B.C. Lions before being traded to Edmonton, where he became just the third Canadian in 47 years to reach quadruple-digit rushing yards on the season.
"That's all I wanted to do ever since I came here, just contribute and try to help my team as best I could," said Messam, who wouldn't talk about surgery options. "So I'm happy that they get to go on and play in the Western final, it's just unfortunate that I can't be out there with them."