VANCOUVER – C.J. Gable and Duke Williams are the biggest absences for the Edmonton Eskimos this week.
Both have been placed on the one-game injured list for Saturday’s game against the B.C. Lions (8 p.m. TSN, ESPN3, 630 CHED).
For Williams, that means missing out on another chance to put up big numbers on the opponent he’s had the most success against in his rookie season, earning a combined eight catches for 214 yards and a touchdown in two games, as Vidal Hazelton draws back into the lineup after sitting out the last seven games with a hamstring injury.
Gable, meanwhile, has posted three straight games of 100 or more rushing yards, the last two of which came after getting traded by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In his place, rookie LaDarius Perkins is coming in of the practice roster to make his sixth start.
“He just tweaked something during practice this week,,” Eskimos head coach Jason Maas said of the running back, who sat out Thursday after practising the first two days this week. “If it was a playoff game, he would probably go, but right now, getting him more injured going into a playoff run isn’t something we want to have happen.”
The Lions aren’t resting any easier, considering the Eskimos still have their biggest offensive weapon in league-leading passer Mike Reilly.
“Reilly’s a competitive player, he’s one of the better quarterbacks in the CFL,” said Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian. “He wills his team to win. We’ve got to stop him.”
In and out: The Eskimos made seven changes to their roster from last week, including replacing RB C.J. Gable with rookie LaDarius Perkins, WR Duke Williams with WR Vidal Hazelton, CB Chris Edwards with rookie Canadian Arjen Colquhoun, OL Joel Figueroa with veteran D’Anthony Batiste and DT Mike Moore with Da’Quan Bowers. FB James Tuck and DL Kalonji Kashama also draw out for LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis and S Josh Woodman.
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