An undone deal?

There is a hiccup in last month's Eskimo-Alouette trade that sent cornerback Davis Sanchez...

There is a hiccup in last month's Eskimo-Alouette trade that sent cornerback Davis Sanchez (pictured) to Montreal for Reggie Durden and Robert Brown. (Edmonton Sun File/Perry Mah)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Nobody is ringing Danny Maciocia's phone accusing the Edmonton Eskimos of dealing damaged goods to the Montreal Alouettes.

And nobody is hitting the panic button -- yet.

But there is a hiccup in last month's Eskimo-Alouette trade that sent cornerback Davis Sanchez to Montreal for defensive back Reggie Durden and defensive lineman Robert Brown.

Sanchez has failed his Alouette physical, meaning the trade isn't completely official.

After tearing a groin last October when the Eskimos played in Toronto, Sanchez hasn't fully recovered.

The two clubs could have voided the trade this week, but chose to give Sanchez another 30 days to pass the medical exam.

"It is just two organizations that are doing what is best for both teams," said Maciocia, adding there is no animosity coming from Montreal general manager Jim Popp.

"When the deal was made, we made it crystal clear that all participants in the transaction have to pass a medical.

"From what I understand, it is just one particular test that Davis struggled with, but in a month's time it should be exactly where it should be -- where it was before he sustained the injury."

And Sanchez doesn't seem concerned.

"The doctors say (the groin) should be healed (in a month)," said Sanchez.

The 30-day window also gives the Eskimos an opportunity to assess Brown, who is travelling in Africa and has yet to return to his Edmonton home.

"There is no way we are even going to be able to get Robert Brown to pass a medical until we see him," continued Maciocia, "and we are thinking that will be mid-March."

Providing every medical test is passed by the end of March, the deal will remain intact and will become official.

However, if Sanchez fails again, the deal is off -- and that could cause problems for the Green and Gold.

Sanchez told a Montreal reporter he isn't going to return to Edmonton.

When contacted by the Edmonton Sun yesterday, Sanchez didn't repeat that statement.

Instead, when asked if he would return to the Eskimos if the trade were voided, Sanchez replied: "We will cross that bridge when we get there."

Maciocia isn't losing sleep over Sanchez's stand.

"Not one bit," said the Eskimo head coach.

"If this plays out the way I think it will play out, he will be in Montreal and Brown and Durden will be here.

"If it doesn't, we will sit down with Davis and make it work."

Maciocia would welcome Sanchez back to the fold.

"Sure we would," said Maciocia.

"He is a quality Canadian that can play football.

"And a few years ago he led the league in interceptions."


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