Esks RB John White finally getting start

John White (right) runs the ball at Eskimos practice on Monday. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

John White (right) runs the ball at Eskimos practice on Monday. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:56 PM ET

EDMONTON - After suffering through a losing season like the one the Edmonton Eskimos had last year, running back John White had to watch from the sidelines as his team won their first two weeks of 2014 without him.

But after being a healthy scratch in the season opener and shelved on the one-game injured list last Friday, White enters this week’s game as the starter in a spot that hasn’t seen much in the way of productivity so far.

The Eskimos are tied for last place in the league in averaging 67.5 yards per game, after ending up with a division-low 97.9 yards per game a season ago.

And the running back spot has been in flux ever since, seeing the release of starter Hugh Charles in training camp and his replacement, rookie Tyler Thomas, dropped from the active roster ahead of Friday’s game against the visiting Ottawa RedBlacks (8 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED).

“I think anytime you have a new offence, you don’t abandon anything,” said Eskimos head coach Chris Jones.


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