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John White out for season; Eskimos look to Shakir Bell

The Edmonton Eskimos have lost eleven games in a row to the Calgary Stampeders heading into the 2015 season. ELEVEN! They haven’t beaten the Stamps since 2011! You could say the ultimate hurdle between the Eskimos and the 103rd Grey Cup game is the Calgary Stampeders.

That hurdle just got a whole lot higher this morning when it was announced that running back John White has suffered a ruptured Achilles and will miss the entire season; Eskimo fans were looking forward to having a legitimate rushing attack with a full season of John White at the helm. The 24 year-old rushed for 852 yards in only nine games with the Green and Gold in 2014.

Edmonton will likely look at bringing in another rusher into camp but right now, the next man up is rookie Shakir Bell from Indiana State. Esks coach Chris Jones praised Bell calling him a “John White clone”. The 2011 Walter Payton Award finalist finished his NCAA career with 4,214 yards and 28 touchdowns and that includes an injury-shortened 2013 season.

As for Bell, we can say that this kid has a *stellar* highlight tape; check it out below. For now, we’re looking forward to seeing him make some noise this year…

– written by Travis Currah