Late hit bothers Burris

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:06 AM ET

CALGARY - Although his ankle is fine, Henry Burris still has his nose out of joint about a late hit by Khalif Mitchell.

But the Calgary Stampeders quarterback feared the worst when he took the blow by the B.C. Lions defensive lineman in Saturday’s 32-19 loss at McMahon Stadium.

When he saw the hit to his left ankle on film, he was steamed at how late it was, and he would like to see the CFL mete out some supplementary discipline.

“It’s a blessing it wasn’t broken,” said Burris, who returned the next series and finished the 32-19 loss Saturday.

“When I got hit, everything down there went numb and it was hard to move my toes.

“I thought that was it. Right now, at my age (36), if I have a serious injury like that, I can’t go through (the rehab process).

“For me to have a second chance means I can put things in perspective.”

Mitchell was flagged for the infraction, meaning the CFL will look at the play to see if anything egregious happened.

There is a rule in place that penalizes defenders for attacking a quarterback below the knees.

Considering how long it came after Burris released the pass, the pivot thinks it was dirty.

“After I saw the play I thought, ‘Wow,’ ” Burris said. “That’s a late hit and a pretty deliberate shot. I don’t know if he will get fined or not.

“It was one of the craziest plays I’ve ever seen. It was four or five seconds after I let go of the ball. It’s a blessing it wasn’t broken.

“There was a penalty but what could have happened in that situation as late as it happened, right after lunge, is huge. He could have just went down but he lunged at me. Where is the line? Is that a play that deserves just a slap on the wrist?”

Burris went through Tuesday’s practice showing no ill effects and he doesn’t expect to be slowed when the Stamps play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday in Moncton, N.B.

The quarterback hasn’t missed a start since the end of the 2007, a streak that is now at 65 games.


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