Eskimos' Wojt close to returning

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:04 AM ET

EDMONTON - Greg Wojt’s season started exactly like his last one ended. Unfortunately. The Edmonton Eskimos offensive lineman missed four weeks with a leg injury before playing in the last game of the 2011 regular season, only to reinjure it and miss playoffs. This year, he missed most of training camp with another leg injury before playing in the season-opener, only to reinjure it and miss out on the last four games. But things are looking up for the Eskimos 2011 nominee for most outstanding offensive lineman, who is back practising this week. “I missed out on four games and it’s good to be back in the rotation of things right now,” said the Poland-born Wojt, who returned home to Toronto to visit family during the bye week. “This is the first action I’ve had in those four weeks, just because of the bye week and everything. I’ve had some extra time to heal so I was going to give it a go this week and see how I felt.” Although he was placed on the nine-game injured list, the possibility exists for the Eskimos to use their sole exemption to reactivate him as early as Friday’s game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders (7:30 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED). “There’s a strong possibility,” said head coach Kavis Reed. “We are leaning toward moving him off of the nine-game. “We’re going to make certain he makes it through a week of practice without any lingering effects from the injury he is recovering from. If we’re confident that he can make it through a football game without any new injuries, we’ll go with him.” Fortunately, Wojt’s injury last year was a high-ankle sprain and this year is on his knee, so there is no concern of a carryover or anything. And an early return this week would help him avoid any sort of injury-prone tag. “It hasn’t been good from last year transferring over to this year, just catching the injury bug early like that,” he said. “I definitely don’t want to be one of those guys, it happens to guys and hopefully this is the end of it.” Reed stressed the importance of having him return to form after missing the run to the West Division final last year. “It’s very important for an athlete mentally, especially one of Greg’s calibre,” the coach said. “He’s been snake-bitten with a lot of injuries. If we can get him healthy and playing back at the level he’s playing, we’re going to reap a lot of benefits.” While Wojt couldn’t be blamed for wanting to ease back into things, that’s not his style. “I got back from the bye week early just to try and get my legs underneath me, so I could jump right into the swing of things in practice,” he said. “And get my head back in the game.” Even with the games he missed last season, Wojt was the most consistent piece of an Eskimos offensive line that came down with more than its share of injuries. “Greg has been an all-star guard for us,” Reed said. “We have been mixing and matching guys at (the right guard) position just to make it through until we got him healthy. Hopefully we’ll be able to re-add him and he’ll be there long-term.”

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