To serve and protect

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

The punishing Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive line sent the last starting quarterback they lined up against to the hospital.

They also drilled the backup to the Mosaic Stadium turf with a late hit.

"So ... It's plain and simple: Big S. Big O. SO! It means nothing to us," said Calgary Stampeders right tackle Jeff Pilon.

"Our offensive line is a very talented group and we rise to challenges. We just have to cowboy up and get our men on them."

Days after 'Riders defensive tackle Scott Schultz drilled Toronto Argonauts pivot Spergon Wynn, giving the quarterback an apparent concussion, there is still a debate over the cleanliness of the hit.

The CFL didn't find Schutlz's powerful pop -- which sent Wynn's helmet flying -- as offensive as Terrell Jurineack's late hit on backup Eric Crouch.

Jurineack was suspended for one game and could miss tomorrow's contest against the Stamps barring an appeal, while Schultz was handed an undisclosed fine.

But the Stampeders offensive line isn't as concerned about the 'Riders taking liberties with its starter. Henry Burris has much more CFL experience and can sense pressure coming, while Wynn seemed to be stunned in the pocket last week.

Pilon points to previous meetings with the 'Riders as example that the likes of Schultz, Nate Davis and Fred Perry can be handled with the right blocking scheme.

"They try to do it every year," said Pilon. "Last year, Roy (Shiver, the Roughriders GM) said they would try to break Hank's neck. Did they touch our quarterback? No.

"They have to worry about him running. Hank has speed and they have to watch it.

"They can blanket us but Hank can take off and run. It makes our job quite a bit easier. They have to contain it. They have to worry about Hank rolling out."

In Week 4, the 'Riders failed to get a hand on Burris as the Stamps whipped Saskatchewan 53-36. The Stamps also piled up 186 rushing yards behind their hogs, which is a sure sign of dominance along the line of scrimmage while playing with a lead.

So left tackle Jay McNeil argues the 'Riders can't really focus on bringing the house to nail their former teammate because Burris has the ability to burn them in other ways.

"Every time we go back to Saskatchewan, they will be trying to hit Hank," McNeil said.

"But they can't just focus on one guy because they have to pay attention to our receivers and our great running back. If they wanted to, they could get a hit on Henry but they have to worry about stopping our offence instead of one guy.

"The fans would probably like it, though."

Seeing the hit also doesn't scare Burris or his protectors because it's part of the game.

"It was a fine hit to me," McNeil said. "If I was in his position, I probably would have done the same thing.


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