Helmet-toss under review by league

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

The Canadian Football League will review the actions of Argos offensive lineman Bernard Williams and B.C. Lions linebacker JoJuan Armour after an incident Saturday night at the Rogers Centre.

Sources said yesterday the league will take another look at a fourth-quarter scuffle between Williams and Armour, which resulted in the ejection of both players, during the Lions' season-opening 27-20 win.

Replays showed Williams hurling Armour's helmet toward the sidelines. A rule implemented last year forbids players from being helmetless on the field. The rule was put in place following two incidents in 2003 during which players' helmets were thrown.

It is the first time an incident involving this rule will be reviewed. A decision on penalties -- the harshest punishment probably will be a fine of up to $1,000 -- is expected within 10 days. It is unclear whether Armour's helmet came off by incidental contact or a player took it off.

In any event, Williams sure isn't proud of the incident. Williams, who was booted out of a game for the first time in his career, felt helpless watching the final minutes unfold from the dressing room on Saturday.

"It's a pretty bad feeling," the 6-foot-9 Williams said. "Three, four minutes left in the game and I'm not there for my team. I cost the team a penalty and not being there for the last series or two probably cost (quarterback) Damon (Allen) some time. If anybody wants to take the heat for the loss, I'll take it. I have to (apologize) to (his teammates)."

Williams' wife Lee Ann and daughter Dahlia, who was born this past January, were up from Atlanta to watch him play for the first time in Toronto.

While Williams acknowledges he made a mistake, he feels the Lions, and other teams in previous years, have made unfair hits on Allen.

"The thing is every time we run a short-yardage play, a quarterback sneak or something, we're getting guys jumping on our quarterback," Williams said. "It started a melee for us last year and then this year same thing."

INJURY UPDATE

Argos coach Pinball Clemons said he expects running back John Avery, who missed both pre-season games and the season opener with a hip flexor injury, to play Friday in Calgary against the Stampeders. That would make rookie running back Hakim Hill's status for Friday unclear.

Meanwhile, linebacker Antonious Bonner, who suffered a back injury Saturday, did not practise. He said the muscles are tight in his back and he is about 50%.

Linebacker Michael Fletcher, who was in and out of Saturday's game because of the flu, was feeling much better yesterday and practised. Also, wide receiver Jean-Frederic Tremblay (hamstring) participated in some drills for the first time this season.


Videos

Photos