Lions DB gone for season?

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

B.C. Lions' defensive back Mark Washington could be gone for the rest of the regular season with a broken collarbone he suffered Saturday.

Washington had five tackles in the 27-26 Lions' win over Montreal Alouettes to increase his team-leading total to 51. He said he was injured in the second quarter, but continued to play with a mix of adrenaline and spirituality.

"I was praying the whole time God would give me enough grace to push through this. I was ready to shut it down in the second quarter," said the 30-year-old. "I really wanted to help my team."

Washington said he could be back in as little as four weeks, but he said he doesn't want to risk further damage or disappoint the team. For now he'll act as an extra set of eyes for his teammates at practices and games.

It'll be his longest stretch on the sidelines since missing the first four games of 2000 with a broken rib while playing for Montreal.

Meanwhile, Lions' defensive back Barron Miles was back at practice yesterday. Chicken pox kept him away from the game against his former team.

The 11-0 Lions travel to Edmonton for a Saturday game against the 7-5 Eskimos. Quarterback Dave Dickenson, the CFL's offensive player of the week, will start for B.C. in the first of two visits to the Alberta capital.


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