Derel Walker could be back for Eskimos before the end of the regular season

All-star calibre receiver Derel Walker might be able to return to the Eskimos lineup for the playoffs should Edmonton make the post-season.

“It’s hard to say right now. I think he could be back earlier than that potentially too. It was a bad injury, but thankful for him he didn’t need surgery. It is one of the first time’s he’s ever been injured like this in his life. Derel has done everything possible to be on that field again earlier than the season’s over, that’s his mindset. I think he’s on track for that,” Maas said.

Walker was injured in the second quarter of the Eskimos Labour Day loss to Calgary when his left leg bent unnaturally on a Tre Roberson tackle in the second quarter. The 27-year-old has 51 catches for 875 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games this season.

“Anytime you take away a Derel Walker from your offence, you always want guys to step up in his place and I think we have, but there’s no question that Derel could make us better. Derel is a special player. ” Maas said,

“As much as we miss him we know we’re not going to get him back for a while.”

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