Wilder is out, Whitaker in versus Esks
With running back James Wilder Jr., sitting out Saturday’s game in Edmonton, veteran Brandon Whitaker is expected to be back in the backfield.
“He’ll probably be out this week,’’ said Argos head coach Marc Trestman of Wilder. “We don’t anticipate him to practise, unless there’s a change in the next couple days. He’ll be out and Brandon will be up.”
Wilder took a shot to the head against Saskatchewan last Saturday. On Wednesday, he was scheduled to visit with a neurologist.
“It’s just day-to-day,’’ said Trestman. “It’s precautionary. I haven’t talked with the doctors or trainers about it. I just know he (Wilder) sat out (Wednesday) and he’ll sit out (Thursday). I think it’s in his best interest to wait until next week.”
Whitaker has been the consummate pro as Wilder has emerged into a force, providing knowledge and support to the first-year Argo. He returns with the Argos playing in Edmonton, where Whitaker eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in last year’s season finale. There was nothing on the line for the Argos, who kept feeding Whitaker the ball, even taking a timeout late to allow him to reach the milestone.
“He’s been nothing but a leader, on and off the field,’’ said Trestman. “He’ll get a chance to get up again and he’s well rested and ready to go.”