Gass pains continue

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

Nothing is going right for A.J. Gass this season.

Just when it appeared he would be back in the lineup for the Edmonton Eskimos last night against the Montreal Alouettes, he had to be scratched because his right hamstring has reared its ugly head again.

"For me - mentally - it's a big setback," said Gass, who was scheduled to be a special teams starter and be involved in some defensive packages after three straight practices this week. "I woke up Thursday and my hamstring was a little tight and sore.

"I had it evaluated (after the walk-through practice) and we thought it was better to play it cautious than push it and have it be something that will be outrageous (injury wise)."

Gass originally injured the right hamstring just before halftime against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Canada Day.

He can't pinpoint one play where he strained the hamstring again this week.

"Maybe I should have been more cautious," he admitted, knowing he was all over the field in practice, making noticeable plays - including one interception.

The former heart and soul of the linebacking core has now missed three straight games, but being scratched last night appeared to hurt more than usual.

"To be at home and a clash of the titans (with Montreal), this is a game I wanted to be a part of," said Gass.

"But for the long run ... we better play it safe.

"There is nothing that you can do in football that doesn't require your hamstring to be strong and flexible.

"It just takes time - that's all I can say."

After missing every practice of training camp because of the death of his mother during the off-season, Gass also missed the first two games of the regular season.

And one theory suggests the lack of training camp conditioning contributed to the original injury on Canada Day.


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