Day by day feeling for D.D.

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

Dave Dickenson was the talk of the CFL when he entered Commonwealth Stadium one month ago.

The B.C. Lions had a perfect 11-0 record and Dickenson was producing incredible numbers.

He was completing a ridiculously high number of passes, had thrown just three interceptions and was the leading candidate to be the most outstanding player in the loop.

But one month later, life is totally different.

After suffering a major concussion on Oct. 1 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Dickenson has been on the shelf for 25 days and still isn't medically cleared to dress for a real game.

"It's the reality of the business," said Dickenson.

"Some days you feel quite good and other days you don't feel quite as good.

"When my heart rate gets up a little bit I certainly still experience dizzy times. When that comes on it is easy to get that nauseous feeling as well. But for the most part that is going away.

"I'm getting better and (yesterday) was one of my better days ... I got in with the offensive group (at practice)."

It is a far cry from what his life was like during the week after the concussion, which was caused by a blow to the back of the head when Dickenson was trying to make a tackle after throwing an interception. Reading and looking at a computer screen caused problems, among other things.

"I went in and got in to the meetings (the next week after the injury) and all of a sudden small details were causing the nauseous feeling," he said.

"I have been in the same meeting room for three years and never really noticed that there is a fan on the ceiling that kind of flickers the light, almost like a strobe like effect.

"I never noticed it but when you get a concussion your senses are overloaded and that was causing symptoms."

With his gradual recovery, the question now is: When will he be activated and placed on the roster?

It could come this week, but ...

"There really is nobody that can tell you when you are going to get better and when your symptoms are going to go away," said Dickenson.

"When you break your arm you are looking at six to eight weeks, but with this injury there is no definite time frame."


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