Eskimos activate LB Adam Konar, release receiver Sam Giguere in ratio shift

The Edmonton Eskimos have activated ratio-changing Canadian linebacker Adam Konar from the injured list and released national pass catcher Sam Giguere.

Konar was placed on the six-game injured list after the Eskimos season-opening 33-30 win against Winnipeg in which the 24-year-old made two tackles and one sack. He had a breakout season in 2017 making 59 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and forced one fumble in 12 games missing six games due to injury.

Giguere was signed five days later to help the ratio. The 33-year-old played in six games recording two catches for 32 yards for the Eskimos and is now a free agent. He has played in 100 CFL games recording 204 receptions for 2,490 yards and 13 touchdowns.

When Konar was healthy he started at the weak-side linebacker spot where he’ll likely return. Christophe Mulumba is a starting calibre player as well who is healthy to pair with Konar at linebacker.

Edmonton employed one starting Canadian pass catcher to begin the season between Natey Adjei and Nate Behar but shifted to two while Konar and Mulumba were injured. With the healthy linebackers back Edmonton can return to playing four Americans Derel Walker, Duke Williams, Kenny Stafford and Vidal Hazelton at the other receiver spots, Bryant Mitchell could factor into the mix too.




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