VANCOUVER -- Akili Smith picked up a bobbled snap, scrambled for a three-yard gain then felt something worse than a hit.
When the Calgary Stampeders starting quarterback got to his feet, he realized his groin was pulled.
After gutting out two more plays, no amount of treatment could get it to the point where he could return, and he was out of his first CFL start in the second quarter of a 42-9 loss to the B.C. Lions.
"It almost brought tears to my eyes," said a distraught Smith afterwards. "I felt good all day. It was going in slow motion. This is just an unfortunate injury. I tried to ice it, I came in (to the locker-room) and got some heat put on it. I took some pain killers. It just wouldn't loosen up for me."
The early diagnosis isn't terrible, so Smith hopes to return to the practice field Thursday when the Stamps start preparing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders next Monday at McMahon Stadium.
"When I tried to spin (to evade the rush), the groin started throbbing. I couldn't push off on my right leg."