Can J.C. Sherritt save the Edmonton Eskimos defence?

JC Sherritt #47, kneeling, T.J. Hill #12, left to right, Damaso Munoz #45, and Marcus Howard #91...

JC Sherritt #47, kneeling, T.J. Hill #12, left to right, Damaso Munoz #45, and Marcus Howard #91 during Edmonton Eskimos practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta. on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Amber Bracken/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:40 AM ET

EDMONTON - Four days after losing a fifth straight game to drop to 1-7 in the standings for the first time since 1971, the Edmonton Eskimos returned to practice Wednesday.

Head coach Kavis Reed didn’t get fired.

Defensive coordinator Greg Marshall didn’t get replaced.

General manager Ed Hervey didn’t give the crying-to-be delivered stability speech or have anything else to say to his constituents and customers who have not seen the team win at home in 10 months.

But when the media entered the dressing room for the first time since late Saturday afternoon after losing 30-27 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, there was J.C. Sherritt.

There he stood with a big smile on his face and no longer a cast on his broken thumb. The CFL’s defensive player of the year who broke the all-time record for most tackles in a season stood there representing hope and some sort of positive shuffle of the deck.


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