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Jerry Crafts Adds Weight to Eskimos O-Line

July 30, 2002 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - EE Football Team News Release

Montreal, July 30, 2002 - Following Neal Fort's injury sustained on July 18 in Calgary, the Alouettes have signed an experienced offensive lineman who will add depth... and weight to the team.

Jerry Crafts (6'7'', 350 lbs.) is a veteran who played in four different leagues in 2001: the Arena Football League (Buffalo Destroyers), the XFL (Los Angeles Xtreme), the CFL (Toronto Argonauts) and the NFL (Oakland Raiders). Earlier this year, Crafts played for the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League.

Crafts has many years of experience in football. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 11th round in 1991. He then went on to the Buffalo Bills in 1992, 1993 and 1994 before joining NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals in 1996. He went back to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997 and 1998, and played with the Toronto Argonauts in 2000.

The 34-year-old veteran can play guard and tackle.

Eskimos' pre-game schedule

The Eskimos have changed their plans for their arrival in Montreal on Thursday, August 1st. The team will not practice in Montreal but players will be available upon arrival around 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Four Points, located at 475 Sherbrooke West. Head Coach Tom Higgins will give his press conference in room St-Michel on the third floor of the hotel. The reporters are invited to contact Dave Jamieson to book interviews at (780) 719-6820 or at (780) 448-1533.

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