Jimenez on watch-list

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

Now that there is clear video evidence of Jason Jimenez's dirty antics, the CFL must throw the book at the repeat offender.

No longer can the Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive lineman continue to get away with the ugly, vicious, blind-side submarining that has already ended one career.

B.C. Lions defensive lineman Brent Johnson is lucky to be suiting up this week after Jimenez took out his legs from behind during Saturday's loss to the Ticats at Empire Field.

TSN cameras caught Jimenez's play game-long, and he will have a tough time explaining this one.

Back in 2007, the then- Lions right tackle got off the hook when he ended Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Anthony Gargiulo's career with a similar attack from behind. Gargiulo suffered a severely broken leg and never played another tilt.

The CFL suspended Jimenez for one game, but he appealed the ban and played in the playoffs. Over the following offseason, the suspension was overturned.

At the time, the Stampeders coach was Tom Higgins, who now is the CFL's disciplinarian.

Oh, the irony. All those years that the Lions defended Jimenez comes back to bite them now that he's else-where.

"I didn't really see it, because it was from behind," Johnson told Vancouver reporters. "Illegal? I would say it would be. What was he trying to do? Have you asked him?"

Jimenez's explanation?

"I was trying to cut him off because he was chasing the ball. I guess I hit (Johnson) after the whistle," Jimenez said. "It was an unnecessary roughness penalty, but I wasn't trying to ... You can't hear (bleep) in this stadium."

It's a weak argument from Jimenez. For those who have heard this stuff before from Jimenez, don't buy it. There are players across the CFL upset at seeing this happen again.

Careers are short enough without a submarine captain out there looking to break legs.

"It's pure brutality," one active player said. "How is that guy still in the league?"

OPENING DRIVE

Saskatchewan Roughriders QB Darian Durant managed to have the fifth-best passing day in team history. His 500 yards against the Stamps sit behind four outings by Kent Austin (558, 547 and 507, twice). Remarkably, Durant only had 174 yards at halftime. Before a second-quarter 77-yard TD to Weston Dressler, his passer rating was 26.1. It was 140.7 from the TD pass on. Durant's favourite target, Andy Fantuz, had 255 of those yards, meaning it was the second-best receiving day in club history behind Chris DeFrance (260 in 1983). Fantuz's career-high night topped his previous outing of 240 in 2007 ... Stamps QB Henry Burris now needs just 223 yards to pass Austin for ninth in all-time passing. Speaking of Austin, the Cornell Big Red lost 41-7 in his head-coaching debut in the NCAA.

END-ZONE TOSS

Quietly, Lions K Paul McCallum has taken a prestigious place in history. He hit three field-goals against the Ticats Saturday to up his career mark to 77.9%, which closes in on Riders legend Dave Ridgway's 78.0% for third most-accurate in CFL lore. Try finding anyone in Regina who would take McCallum over Ridgway though ... Maybe receiver Jeremaine Copeland is more valuable to the Argos than first thought. The Argos were 0-3 with Copeland sidelined with a dislocated elbow, and he comes back to get the winning TD Sunday ... Since receiver Nik Lewis joined the Stamps in 2004, the team is 2-0 with him sidelined. Lewis may miss this week with a sore knee -- just the second game in his career he would sit out due to injury. The other one was last season, while he was a healthy scratch in 2007.

EXTRA POINTS

If Ticats RB DeAndra Cobb could face the Lions defence every week, he would be an all-star. In three career games against the Lions, Cobb has averaged 139 yards on the ground. Against the rest of the CFL, he averages 58 yards rushing ... Do you think the Riders' OT win over the Stamps caused excitement? Mosaic Stadium is already sold out for the Stamps' return visit Oct. 17 ... Before Friday's loss, the Stamps were 7-0 after leading at halftime this season.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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