An injury free season will once again elude Eskimos defensive end Marcus Howard. The Eskimos have placed the 6 year CFL vet on the six game injured list with whats believed to be a knee injury. The 30 year old Howard has played in all 7 Eskimo games this year registering four quarterback sacks and five defensive tackles. Injuries have limited Howard to just 59 games in his career, he played in a career high 17 games in 2013, but has dressed for as low as four games in 2014 and six games in 2012. Howard has been productive when healthy, he is among the league leaders in sacks this season and has 33 sacks in his career.
With Howard out, the Eskimos debut of Jason Vega should happen this Saturday in Toronto. Vega signed with the Eskimos on Tuesday and worked out with the team for the first time. Vega has not played this year, but has 44 CFL games on his resume with 19 quarterback sacks.
Neil Armstrong coached the Eskimos for six seasons, from 1964 to 1969. He led the Esks to playoff appearances three times in that stretch. The native of Tishomingo Oklahoma passed away August 10th at the age of 90. Armstrong’s record as Eskimos head coach was 37-56-3.