The Edmonton Eskimos have released non-import running back Jesse Lumsden, the club announced today.
Lumsden, who signed as a free agent with Edmonton last year, suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the Esks' regular season opening game last year vs. Winnipeg.
Eskimo General Manager and Director of Football Operations Danny Macoicia says, “This is disappointing on a number of levels. Jesse has worked hard to rehab the shoulder but he does not yet have medical clearance to play football. I know he was excited to embark on a new chapter of his career in Edmonton, and we felt he would be an excellent fit for the Eskimos. Jesse is a young man of great character who’s battled back before. Our entire organization wishes him the best.”
Jesse, son of former Eskimo Neil Lumsden, started his CFL career in Hamilton when he was signed in the first round (sixth overall) in the 2005 CFL Canadian Draft. Over four seasons (30 games) in Tiger Town the McMaster graduate accumulated 1797 yards and nine touchdowns on 285 carries. He also posted 49 receptions for 630 yards and two touchdowns over the four seasons. Lumsden has won CFL Player of the Week awards six times in his career and the Player of the Month award once (July 2007). He was Hamilton’s nominee for CFL Most Outstanding Rookie in 2005.