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BC Lions welcome back former Middle Linebacker Solomon Elimimian.

If all goes according to plan, the BC Lions will see the return of the 2010 CFL Rookie of the Year, LB Solomon Elimimian after the Toronto Argonaut contest.

But until Elimimian can displace Adam Bighill at the Middle Linebacker spot, the Lions Special Teams units just got a little more ferocious.

After a failed attempt to gain any traction in both Minnesota and Cleveland, Solly was officially released by the Browns last week.

In jeopardy of not playing anywhere this year and with the Lions still holding his contract rights, this being Elimimian’s option year, he had only BC to call on if he wanted to play.

Elimimian has indicated that he will play out the remainder of BC’s schedule and will again try his luck with the NFL next season.

The two time winner of the League’s hardest hitter award, as voted on by the players, will return to the Lions roster but will have his work cut out as he tries to make the starting line-up.

Solomon Elimimian

BC Lions welcome back former Middle Linebacker Solomon Elimimian.

On the outside looking in, it would appear that Elimimian is a better linebacker, having started over both Bighill and James Yurichuk in the past, but football sometimes is less about skill as it is about cohesion.

That’s the position Coach Mike Benevides finds himself in now.  Without question, this year’s installment of the Orange Crush is the best Defence in the CFL having put up ridiculous numbers including the mind boggling 15 quarters without giving up a touchdown.

Will Bene be willing to mess with the current personnel as he tries to re-insert a former CFL All-Star?

And was the trading of DE Brandan Peguese, to Hamilton earlier this week, just a move to make a roster spot or is this an indication that someone may make the move into a three point stance?

No matter how GM Wally Buono and Coach Benevides realign the roster this is definitely a case of the rich getting richer.

The reunification with Elimimian is sure to help the overall depth of the Linebacker spot and make opponents a little more timid when stepping into the middle of the field.

But be warned Argos. Even though Solly will be in street clothes this week-end; getting knocked out of bounds on the Leo’s sideline may result in a personal opinion of Elimimian’s league wide reputation.

Cheers, The Bartender


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