Wilder is out, Whi­taker in ver­sus Esks

Ottawa Sun - - SPORT - Fzi­carelli@postmedia.com — Frank Zi­carelli

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.”

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