EDMONTON --The Edmonton Eskimos will be without one of their most dangerous weapons when they take on the Alouettes in a crucial matchup on Sunday.
Friday, the Esks announced that running back Hugh Charles will not play at Percival Molson Stadium, when the Green and Gold look to clinch a playoff position.
Charles sustained an injury last week in the Eskimo 39-19 loss to the BC Lions. After 16 games (16 starts), Charles has 170 carries for 887 yards and six touchdowns; and 32 catches for 522 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yarder in the Labour Day Classic.
As a result of Charles' status, the Eskimos signed running back Cory Boyd earlier this week. Boyd hopes that his second tour in Alberta's capital is a more successful one than his first, as he ran for just 76 yards on 18 carries in four games.
Boyd will be joined in the Esks backfield by Canadian tailback Jerome Messam, who has ran for 108 yards and a touchdown on 28 games in seven games this season.
The Eskimos need one victory to clinch a playoff spot and two wins combined with at least one Roughriders loss to clinch third place in the West Division.
If Edmonton loses its final two games they will be eliminated from the playoff race.