Expect the Eskimos to make some lineup changes on Saturday when they visit the B.C. Lions. Offensive lineman Tony Washington has been placed on the one-game injured list with a leg injury.
Veteran Joel (JOE-ELL) Figueroa will likely start at left tackle which would be his first game of the season.
“You got to be prepared, you got to be ready every single week because you never know what’s going to happen,” Figueroa said. “You know I’ve been ready since week one since day one. It’s tough on guys especially coming from somewhere where I was the man there and starting there. Things happen and I’ve come to terms with it. It’s difficult to do but I’m all for the team and I want to win. This is a great organization and I just want to win.”
Figueroa started in 18 games for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in two previous seasons and started in the 2014 Grey Cup game.
Offensive line coach Mike Gibson says Figueroa despite not playing this season will be able to step in and perform well.
“Athletic skilled guy who is very strong and takes a lot of pride in his ability,” Gibson said. “He’s a veteran and has prepared himself week in and week out.”
On defense it looks like defensive back Brandyn Thompson will miss the game on Saturday with an arm injury, Garry Peters will likey get the start in the secondary.
The Eskimos will be looking for their fourth straight win and third place in the West.
Kick-off from B.C. Place Stadium is 5pm, 630 CHED will have the pre-game show starting at 3:30pm.