Lewis sorry about injury

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

Nik Lewis is sorry he knocked Kelly Wiltshire out and may have ended his season.

However, the Calgary Stampeders receiver won't be changing his style of play and doesn't believe his low block to the Edmonton Eskimos defensive back's leg was dirty.

"This is my public apology to Wiltshire," said Lewis yesterday after the Stamps lost 35-26 Friday at Commonwealth Stadium.

"I know him a little bit and like him.

"Everybody plays this game for fun.

"I know he's coming back off injury and I'm not happy it was me to injure him. I felt bad right away but I had to get over it."

On a play in the fourth quarter Friday, Lewis was blocking downfield for running back Joffrey Reynolds.

Wiltshire was heading towards Reynolds when Lewis stepped in front of the safety and took him down at the knees.

The injury came moments after the Eskimos had lost starting safety J.R. LaRose to injury as well.

After Wiltshire went down, Lewis tried to show his support by offering a prayer, which may have irked the Eskimos more than the hit.

"I think the play was legal," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

"It's all the theatrics afterward that I have a problem with.

"When you take a knee and pray to the Good Lord and then you get back up and you keep talking more trash and Kelly is lying down there ... I find that to be hypocritical."

In the past few games, the Stamps' offence has been successful because of the blocking by the receivers.

So although Lewis feels terrible about hurting another player, he won't stop trying to open holes for the ball carriers.

"Yes I feel bad," Lewis said.

"Would I do the play again? Yes. I don't want to intentionally hurt anybody. That's not the way I play.

"We're physical downfield. That's the way it happened. If somebody hurts me, I hope they wouldn't do it intentionally."

Lewis said there was plenty of dirty plays in the game but not all of them grabbed the crowd's attention.

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

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

STAMPS STAY HEALTHY: The Stamps came out of Friday's loss against Edmonton much healthier than the Eskimos did. Edmonton had Kelly Wiltshire, J.R. LaRose, Raleigh Roundtree and Marcus Winn go down with injuries, while the Stamps' most serious ailment is a hamstring pull on linebacker Khalid Abdullah.

Abdullah, who was making his third start at outside linebacker, pulled up while chasing Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray and felt a twinge.

"They got on it quickly to ice it," said Stamps head coach Tom Higgins. "It's not as bad as first anticipated. It's day-to-day ."

Veteran John Grace could come back onto the roster or a defensive back could move into that spot.

HIGGINS TICKED ABOUT TIME: Penalties were a killer for the Stampeders in the final few minutes Friday but head coach Tom Higgins was less concerned about the offside and roughing-the-passer calls on the game-winning drive by the Eskimos.

"The biggest blunder of the game was taking a time-count violation under three minutes," said Higgins about the offence's delay in getting a play off on a second down. They were forced to punt the ball away.

"You can't have any excuse for it."


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