Eskimos at same time, place when things fell apart last season

Simeon Rottier takes part in an Edmonton Eskimos' team practice at Commonwealth Stadium in...

Simeon Rottier takes part in an Edmonton Eskimos' team practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Monday Sept. 10, 2012 DAVID BLOOM EDMONTON SUN QMI AGENCY

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

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One year ago, it was the same time and the same place where things started falling apart for the Edmonton Eskimos.

In Week 4 of the 2012 CFL season, which also saw them head into BC Place Stadium, the Eskimos lost no fewer than five players to an injury bug that continued to bite them all year long from that point on.

Fullback Mathieu Bertrand (groin), defensive end Marcus Howard (hamstring), offensive guard Simeon Rottier (elbow), defensive halfback Weldon Brown (groin), and his replacement, defensive halfback Ricardo Colclough — which saw three different players at the shortside halfback position — didn't make it to the end of the game.

And while the Eskimos went on to claim a 27-14 victory and push their record to 3-1, they couldn't come back from what they lost in manpower, only winning four out of 14 more games the rest of the way out.

“I guess the odds of that happening are pretty slim, it's just a freak thing but that's the way the game is,” said Rottier.


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