Jeanty good to go!

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Rashad Jeanty has forced Danny Maciocia's hand.

After a very solid week of practice, Jeanty believes he is ready to play tomorrow for the first time since tearing a hamstring on Oct. 15 at Commonwealth Stadium.

It means the Edmonton Eskimo coach must make a difficult decision today: does he place his dynamic rush end on the roster for the biggest game of the year hoping his hamstring stays strong or does he play it safe, leaving him off?

"I am available," said Jeanty, who had his first full week of practice since the injury.

"I am feeling very close to (100%). I just ran some sprints."

Maciocia is surprised he's even in the position of having to make a decision.

"I didn't think that (activating Jeanty) was a possibility when we left Edmonton (Tuesday) but it clearly is now, which means we are going to have to make a few moves along the way if we think he is fit to play the game on Sunday," said the coach.

Jeanty has eight sacks on the season and is considered one of the rising defensive stars in the league.

To activate Jeanty, Maciocia would likely have to remove either Antico Dalton or Charles Alston.

SHORT YARDAGE: With the biggest media horde of the year watching an Esks practice yesterday, Sean Fleming put on a show at B.C. Place.

After raising concerns earlier this week when he didn't punt or kick during Wednesday's practice, Fleming boomed punts nearly 50 yards yesterday and made field goals from 45 yards.

"I'm ready to go," said the 14-year veteran.

After being idle Wednesday, Fleming and Maciocia stressed it was just a day off and denied there was a hidden injury.

Fleming didn't perform any kickoffs yesterday, as third-string QB Jason Johnson chucked the ball to the return unit, but Fleming will perform all three duties tomorrow.

"I tend to kick too much so I figured that was a good reason to just punt and do field goals (yesterday)," explained Fleming.

LATE HITS: Centre Kevin Lefsrud didn't exactly enjoy yesterday's practice. One of the key cogs on the offensive line was sent to the team hotel because of the flu.

"We just want him to take care of himself and get him away from the other guys at the same time," said Maciocia.


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