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Eskimos Face Big Challenge Against Argonauts Despite Record

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Trevor Harris

The Toronto Argonauts may be winless this season, but the Edmonton Eskimos won’t be taking them lightly when the two teams clash this Thursday at Commonwealth Stadium.

Edmonton, which enters the game with a 3-2 record, is looking to halt a two game losing streak, and although the Argos represent what would seem to be a perfect way to get back on track, they aren’t looking to fall victim to what many may consider to be a “trap game.”

“I don’t believe in trap games. I don’t,” Edmonton head coach Jason Maas said, according to TSM. “When you’re focused on the process like we’ve been this year and you just say it’s week-to-week, your record is 0-0. You don’t stack wins. You don’t stack losses. You’re just trying to go 1-0.”

“We’ve got to win this week. That’s all our focus is . . . it doesn’t matter what anybody’s record is. Whoever comes in this building has to leave with a loss. That’s our mentality,” Maas said.

“It’s just details and making sure we’re detailed no matter what,” Edmonton signal caller Trevor Harris said.

Harris has had his own string of impressive success against Toronto in the past.

“This is pro football,” Harris said. “There’s no gimmes in pro football. We know that they’re going to be hungry. Their backs are against the wall and they’re ready to fight. We have to be too.”

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Stampeders’ Bo Levi Mitchell Ruled Out

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Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has been ruled out for Week 9’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday.

Mitchell was able to return to practice on Tuesday, and was able to make a number of throws at various distances and lengths, but the team ultimately decided that he was not ready for action just yet.

Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson had left the door open for Mitchell to dress against Winnipeg, but now he is not going to dress for the game either.

Mitchell, for his part, is remaining upbeat about his injured shoulder.

“It felt great” Mitchell said on Tuesday, according to TSN. “I didn’t really want to take the helmet off…overall, I felt pretty good.

“That’s Dave (Dickenson’s) decision. Dave and Huf (GM John Hufnagel) – let those guys decide.”

Mitchell will now set his sights on Week 10, where he could return as the team takes on the Montreal Alouettes at home.

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Roughriders Acquire Eskimos’ Kenny Stafford

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Kenny Stafford

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired American wide receiver Kenny Stafford in a trade from the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for wide receiver Christion Jones, according to announcements on Monday.

Stafford, 29, has collected 30 receptions this season for 366 yards and 2 touchdowns so far this season.

Jones, a return specialist, has returned 111 punts for 1,441 yards and three touchdowns during his career.

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Redblacks Release Jeff Knox Jr.

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Jeff Knox Jr.

The Ottawa Redblacks have released veteran linebacker Jeff Knox Jr., according to an official team announcement on Monday.

Knox, 27, signed with Ottawa last off season and appeared in only one game for the Redblacks this season.

Knox has notched 231 tackles, three sacks and one interception in 51 career games.

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