No A.C. for Als, just B team

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos are going to be facing the Montreal Alouettes' B-squad in the final regular-season game tomorrow at Commonwealth Stadium.

According to a report from Montreal, the Als will start back-up Marcus Brady at quarterback - giving him a chance to make his first pass attempt of the year.

Anthony Calvillo will only appear in an emergency situation in a game that means very little to Montreal considering it has clinched first-place in the East Division and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Kicker Damon Duval - who has an 83% success rate on field goals - will not play because he has a kidney stone problem, meaning D.J. Fitzpatrick will handle punting and kicking for the visitors.

And the list goes on: linebacker Reggie Hunt, receiver Kerry Watkins, Mark Estelle will also be out of the lineup.

The list of key players missing might explain why the Eskimos-Alouettes game tomorrow (7 pm., CHED) is off the board with at least two online betting websites.

While the Esks can't move out of the West Division basement with a win, the game does mean something to the 9-8 hosts.

That explains why star quarterback Ricky Ray will play, along with the majority of the regular starters.

"First, we would like to win this football game because it will give us 10 wins and that (is) a big improvement over last year," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia, referring to last year's 5-12-1 record.

"We have got some guys beat up that will only get better probably in a couple of months' time.

"They are going to have to learn how to play with some of these nagging injuries.

"The best example I can give you is Dario Romero. Dario will only be better probably in January."

Regardless of Friday's outcome, the Esks are heading to Winnipeg for the East Division playoff semifinal game on Nov. 8.

For that reason, Maciocia has cut down the playbook and won't be showing too much to Winnipeg's coaches scouting this game tomorrow.

"We want to be careful what we show Friday. Secondly, we have scaled back on the material we are going to run - whether it is offence, defence or special teams because we want to get back to the fundamentals of some of the concepts we are running," added Maciocia.

Edmonton has lost two straight games and has given up 75 points in the last five quarters.

"We have had five difficult quarters - the last quarter of B.C.-Edmonton (at Commonwealth Stadium) and obviously the game in Regina," said Maciocia.

"You also have to be careful when you talk about giving guys time off.

"You have seen it many, many times in this league. Teams that finish first get the bye week and falter the following week (in the divisional final)."

Ray is certainly happy he's playing.

"I expect to play a full game until somebody taps me on the shoulder and tells me you are coming out," said the pivot.

"We just got to execute better and clean up the mistakes that we made last game and get things going in the right direction again."


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