Rambo feels Estelle's pain

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

CALGARY - Ken-Yon Rambo witnessed the accident scene and had a sick feeling in his stomach.

Watching Mark Estelle get tackled from behind by his Calgary Stampeders teammate Nik Lewis, Rambo knew the Montreal Alouettes defensive back was in trouble when he didn’t get up right away.

The Alouettes say Estelle left with a knee sprain, but head coach Marc Trestman said it doesn’t look good.

Rambo was dragged down from behind two years ago in Vancouver and suffered a torn ACL in his knee. The difference was Rambo’s injury came as the result of a horse-collar, while Lewis had a clean tackle on Estelle, who was returning a Joffrey Reynolds fumble.

“I’ve been there, so I told him to keep his head up and get back on the field,” Rambo said. “I know Estelle from Los Angeles. I always talk with him on the field.

“Nik is a heavy body. He just dragged him down, and his leg got caught under him. He didn’t mean to do it. It was just a fluke incident and a bad situation.”

As overjoyed about the 38-31 victory as he was, Lewis feels terrible about Estelle’s injury. The two have a history of big plays against each other.

Last season, Lewis ran over Estelle on his way to the endzone on a play that made the end-of-year highlight reels.

The season before that, Estelle drilled the ball loose from Lewis during an Alouettes win in Montreal.

Lewis has a great deal of respect for Estelle, so he’s hoping for a quick recovery from the Alouettes cornerback.

“He’s a great player, and I hate seeing great players go down,” Lewis said. “I like watching him play, too.

“I don’t go out to hurt people. I didn’t grab the back of his jersey. I reached around to get the ball out. I guess grabbing him the way I did and where I was made him come down awkwardly.

“I hate that it happened.”

If Estelle is out long-term, it will be another blow to the Alouettes secondary that is already without Jerald Brown and Etienne Boulay due to injuries.

“Mark is a great leader on our back end,” said Als defensive back Dwight Anderson. “He’s been on this team for a long time. It will be tough because he’s a smart guy. We’ll adjust and come out fighting.”

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