Eskimos' Sherritt doubtful for Friday's game with knee sprain Staff

10/1/2012 11:26:28 AM

Going through a transition on offence, the Edmonton Eskimos could be without their top defensive player Friday when the team hosts the Hamilton Tiger-Cats; a game with big playoff implications.

According to CFL on TSN insider Dave Naylor, J.C. Sherritt, the league's leading tackler, is very doubtful with a sprained knee.

Sherritt suffered the injury in the first quarter of Edmonton's 39-15 loss to the Calgary Stampeders last Friday. The diminutive middle linebacker told reporters after the game he tried to play through the pain but decided he was doing more damage than good before exiting.

In his second year in the league, the 24-year-old Sherritt is on pace to set a new single-season record for tackles.

Through 14 weeks, Sherritt has 104 tackles, a number that would set him on pace for 144 on the season, or, 15 more than Calvin Tiggle's current record of 129 set back in 1994.

If Sherritt misses more than Friday's game, he will no longer be on pace to break the record.