Lewis apologizes, Wiltshire waits on test results

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Burdened by a pair of crutches and a heavily wrapped right knee, Kelly Wiltshire is admitting there's a possibility his football career is over.

The victim of an ugly low block from Nik Lewis on Friday night - which has sparked anger in the Edmonton Eskimo locker room but a public apology in Calgary - Wiltshire is still hoping for the best.

As he awaits the results of an MRI to tell him the extent of the damage, there's still a chance the 10-year CFL veteran could return to action at a later date.

But there's also a strong possibility his job ended when he was carted off the Commonwealth Stadium grass in pain after subbing for injured starting safety J.R. LaRose.

"I didn't expect (Lewis) to do it, obviously," said Wiltshire, who was reacting to a run by Joffrey Reynolds when Lewis suddenly dove at his knees in a blocking attempt.

"He could have hit me up high.

"I said, 'There is no way he's going to take my leg out.' "

But the classy 34-year-old Quebec native stopped short of calling it a dirty hit.

"You know, in the heat of the game decisions are not the best," Wiltshire stated yesterday afternoon.

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia is also staying away from calling the Lewis block a dirty play, believing it was legal.

But Sean Fleming isn't in that camp. The longest-serving Eskimo is taking dead aim at Lewis.

"There's no doubt that was a cheap shot," said Fleming. "He went after his knee."

Fleming is also upset about Lewis's antics after the hit.

"He's showboating and trash talking the bench," he continued.

Maciocia also has a problem with that display.

"When you take a knee and pray to the Good Lord," said the coach, referring to Lewis's initial move after the block, "and then you get back up and you keep talking more trash and Kelly is lying down there ... I find that to be hypocritical."

Lewis made a public apology for the block when facing the Calgary media yesterday afternoon, but also defends his actions during the play. "It's a legal block," he remarked. "I know he's coming back off injury and I'm not happy it was me who injured him.

"Yes, I feel bad ... (but) would I do the play again? Yes."

Regarded as the CFL's Ironman until he missed his first game in more than eight seasons last year, Wiltshire battled a hamstring problem earlier this summer - but that pales in comparison to his current knee injury.

"I have played a long time and I know there is something (wrong) in my knee," he said.

But if it's the worst-case scenario and he walks away from the game this year, don't expect to see the two-time Grey Cup champion too frustrated.

"I have prepared myself mentally for three years," commented Wiltshire, who is considering becoming a Toronto police officer.

"I am not worried about that."

HARSH WORDS: While defending his actions yesterday, Lewis called out the Eskimo organization with some tough words.

"When I'm flying through the air and (A.J.) Gass is sticking his head into my back, nobody said anything about that," Lewis stated.

"He's leading with his head. I'm not doing it on purpose but there are people who try to hurt people on purpose and most of them play for Edmonton."


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