Eskimos extend contract with linebacker J.C. Sherritt

Edmonton Eskimos' linebacker J.C. Sherritt, left, follows the play while being watched by B.C. Lions' Rolly Lumbala during the first half of a CFL football game against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday June 24, 2017. The Edmonton Eskimos have lost linebacker J.C. Sherritt for the entire CFL season after he suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos extended their contract with linebacker J.C. Sherritt through the 2019 season on Friday.

Sherritt appeared in only one game last season, recording a fumble before sustaining a season-ending injury in the game.

A former Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, Sherritt has played in 91 career games in seven years with the Eskimos.

"J.C. Sherritt is a vital part of this organization both on and off the field," Eskimos General Manager Brock Sunderland said. "His play on the field speaks for itself, and we’re a better defence with him in the lineup."

Sunderland said Sherritt has aggressively fought through rehab and is excited to get back on the field in the upcoming season.

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