A tough loss for the Eskimos along their defensive line as Don Oramasionwu is out for the next 10 to 12 weeks with a left triceps injury suffered in the Eskimos pre-season win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Saturday.
Head coach Jason Maas says losing an important player along his defensive front is disappointing.
Fellow defensive tackle Eddie Steele played high school football with Oramasionwu and then in the CIS with the University of Manitoba Bisons. Steele who suffered a serious knee injury four years ago in Edmonton against the Eskimos while playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats can empathize with his teammate.
“Same knee injury Don had (in 2014), our careers are very similar in some ways,” Steele said. “This game doesn’t care about anybody, it doesn’t stop for anybody either.”
The Eskimos will open up their season on Saturday at home against the Ottawa REDBLACKS. It looks like running back Joe McKnight and receiver Kenzel Doe will handle the return duties. Doe recorded 69 returns yards against the Riders last Saturday while McKnight had trouble fielding the ball and with the CFL rules.
Special teams coach Cory McDiarmid says in the CFL returners need to catch every ball coming their way.
“We want everything in the air caught,” McDiarmid said. “Then it’s gauging the legs because there’s more cross field kicking in this league and not the high, hang time punts like in the States in the middle of the field.”
Game-time Saturday on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium is 5pm, 630 CHED will have the pre-game show at 3:30pm.