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5 Edmonton Eskimos named West Division All-Stars

WATCH ABOVE: (From Nov. 5, 2019) The Edmonton Eskimos are preparing for a CFL playoff matchup against the Montreal Alouettes. Kevin Karius has details.

On Wednesday, the CFL released the names that make up the Division All-Stars and five members of the Edmonton Eskimos have been recognized.

Middle linebacker Larry Dean finished fifth in the CFL in defensive tackles with 86 and finished in the top five in defensive plays with 99. Last week, he was named the Eskimos’ nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

Receiver Greg Ellingson recorded 1,170 yards for his fifth straight 1,000-yard season. Ellingson caught 86 passes and scored five touchdowns. He recorded three 100-yard receiving games.

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Eskimos receiver Greg Ellingson speaks about his West Division All-Star selection.

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Offensive lineman Matt O’Donnell played just 11 games this season after missing seven games mainly because of a knee injury. He helped the Eskimos record the fewest sacks in the CFL this season with 25 and helped running back C.J. Gable achieve back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Defensive tackles Almondo Sewell and Mike Moore round out the list of West Division All-Stars for the green and gold.

Sewell is named a West All-Star for the seventh time in his career, recording 35 defensive tackles and eight quarterback sacks. Moore led the Eskimos in quarterback sacks with nine and added 23 defensive tackles.

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Eskimos defensive tackle Mike Moore speaks about his first Western Division All-Star selection.

READ MORE: Eskimos set their sights on Alouettes and CFL’s East Semi-Final on Sunday

Gable ready to return

It looks like the Eskimos will have their No. 1 running back for Sunday’s East Semi-Final game against the Montreal Alouettes.

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C.J. Gable has missed the last three games because of a knee injury. Backup Shaq Cooper started in place of Gable and recorded 224 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Gable says it was hard to be on the sidelines for the last month of the regular season.

“It was really hard not to go out there and battle with my teammates,” Gable said. “I have faith in Shaq (Cooper) and everybody else did, and he went out there and did his job.

“It wasn’t like we missed a beat at the running back position. I’m happy that he went there and did great.”

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Eskimos running back C.J. Gable says sitting out the last 3 games because of a knee was hard.

Eskimos head coach Jason Maas says he would like to find room to have both Gable and Cooper on the roster on Sunday.

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Eskimos head coach Jason Maas says getting C.J. Gable back in the lineup is a plus.

Gable rushed for 1,001 yards this season, giving him back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

The Eskimos play the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday in the CFL East Semi-Final. Kick-off from Molson Stadium in Montreal is at 11 a.m. 630 CHED will have Countdown to Kickoff starting at 9:30 a.m.