Leos cry foul on Lewis

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:34 PM ET

The CFL is entering a grey area on hits that are causing all sorts of grey matter to be rattled.

After B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian was fined for his helmet-contacting hit on Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray a week ago, the team is asking for the same punishment for Calgary Stampeders receiver Nik Lewis.

Lewis put a huge cutback block on Lions linebacker Adam Leonard Friday night, and there was helmet contact after Lewis put a shoulder into Leonard’s chest, but that’s not the issue.

When Elimimian was fined, he was told it was because he disregarded player safety. The question he asks pertains to whether Lewis’ block was necessary and therefore causing a player to be placed in an unsafe situation.

“Let’s be consistent,” Elimimian told Vancouver reporters. “What I don’t like is having rules that seem to be made up as we go along … When I’m running at a quarterback and a running back cuts my knees out, don’t you think that safety’s an issue right there? I want the league to protect all players.”

Lewis contends Leonard was chasing after Stamps QB Henry Burris and, from his vantage point, could still have made the tackle had Burris turned towards the middle of the field.

“It’s a thin line between legal and illegal,” Lewis said. “You don’t really know. He was right there by the play. It was different if he was 15 or 20 yards down the field.

“I feel like he could have made a difference in the play. I’m going to do what I can to protect my quarterback.”

Lions head coach Wally Buono is asking the league for a fine on Lewis, plus for changes to the rules in hopes of stopping those contentious hits.

“You look at how he launches himself, how he becomes a projectile,” Buono said. “I believe that (Lewis’) intent is to take his head off. Thank God Adam didn’t get killed.”

Lewis responded: “Considering I put my shoulder into his chest, that should let you know I didn’t try to take his head off.

“If anybody was surprised by the hit, they’ve never seen me play before. I was just trying to help my team win a game.”

Opening drive

It took until Game 16 for a penalty to be enforced against Argos LT Rob Murphy. Considering his tough-guy reputation and the fact he was fined for some offensive Tweeting, it’s remarkable the disciplined season Murphy has had. Before getting dinged for hands to the face against Winnipeg, Murphy took a penalty against the Tiger-Cats but it was declined … Lions KR-RB Yonus Davis is only one missed field-goal TD away from matching Ticats RB Marcus Thigpen’s record of five majors five ways, set earlier this season … Ticats QB Kevin Glenn is having a career year, and the numbers are showing it. He needs just one more TD pass to set the single-season record for the Ticats franchise. He shares it with Danny McManus (29 TDs in 2004), while Glenn could have the highest completion percentage in team history as well. He sits at 66.1% so far, and only needs to stay ahead of Tom Clements’ 65.2%.

Endzone toss

Eskimos head coach Richie Hall is 4-2 against the Riders since leaving Saskatchewan, but the Eskimos are 11-17 under Hall against the rest of the CFL. It could be a West semifinal matchup that favours the visitors … How is it that Wally Buono attacked the media about mid-season reports that QB Casey Printers had a torn ACL, which actually turned out to be true? Printers had surgery on it last week … Eskimos QB Jared Zabransky won his debut as a starter in emergency relief of Ricky Ray and became just the fourth first-start CFL pivot to record a win since the start of 2007.

Extra points

The Alouettes came close to being shut out for the first time since 1997. The three points was their lowest total since then … There is good news for the Als as KR Larry Taylor has returned from an NFL stint.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


Videos

Photos