Simeon Rottier's situation with the Edmonton Eskimos 'sucks'

Simeon Rottier during Edmonton Eskimos training camp in the Commonwealth Fieldhouse in Edmonton,...

Simeon Rottier during Edmonton Eskimos training camp in the Commonwealth Fieldhouse in Edmonton, Jun. 10, 2013. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 AM ET

EDMONTON - He’s one of the most popular local products in the Edmonton Eskimos locker-room and a former first-overall draft pick.

But that didn’t stop Simeon Rottier from being singled out by general manager Ed Hervey, who unleashed on the team’s 1-8 place in the standings in a rare press conference earlier this week.

In fact if anything, Rottier’s high-profile draft status — and the salary that likely accompanies it — have played against him this year

“Clearly Simeon has not lived up to expectations,” Hervey said Tuesday.

“Simeon will not play Friday. It would not bother me if Simeon did not play another down this year.”

On Wednesday morning, Rottier and the rest of the Eskimos practised for the first time since losing 37-34 in Monday’s Labour Day Classic in Calgary.

“You’ve still got to be a professional and show up to work every day,” Rottier said.

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