Heads up, Esks! Harrison ready
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
|Calgary Stampeders Edwin Harrison in action during practice in Calgary September 13, 2011. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - It's not often the man covering the blind side who gets blindsided.
Luckily for the Calgary Stampeders, left tackle Edwin Harrison should be OK to play this weekend after suffering a concussion in Saturday's 30-24 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
At this point in the season, heading into the West semfinal Sunday in Edmonton, the Stamps want all their key pieces in place.
So shuffling the offensive line and playing a rookie -- Canadian Spencer Wilson -- isn't the most ideal situation.
Harrison passed an initial concussion test and took a second one Tuesday while skipping practice. The sophomore feels like he's shaken off the injury that had him a little foggy for his final play before coming out.
"The guys in the huddle were more concerned that I was," Harrison said. "There was something not right to them. I have great teammates. I can't ask for anything better.
"The rest of the game I remember. (QB Henry Burris) came in for short-yardage and he was looking at me.
"(Right tackle) Stanley Bryant looked at me and said, 'Something ain't right. Your focus isn't on me.' I felt a little dizzy but I thought it would pass.
"It just wasn't passing over like I thought it would."
Midway through the fourth quarter, Harrison was pulling around one of his own players and tried to get set for a block. Before he did, one of the Bombers linebackers knocked into the side of his helmet, rattling him a bit.
"It was my fault because I should have got my helmet around to block him," Harrison said. "I took on the block sideways. He dinged me a little bit."
Although he skipped practice Tuesday, Harrison expects to return Wednesday for a full set of practices in preparation for his second career post-season outing.
In the first half of this season, Harrison was out due to a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the off-seson.
Coincidentally he returned for the Labour Day rematch in Edmonton Sept. 9 and quickly solidified the left tackle spot that was a bit of a revolving door during the first nine games.
That spot has the most focus on it of any lineman position, and losing a steady force like Harrison could be potentially devastating.
Coincidentally, it was a torn pectoral that took out Montreal Alouettes left tackle Josh Bourke, and the defending champs had a tough time replacing him during a Week 19 loss in B.C.
"Spencer came in and did an amazing job," Harrison said. "He picked it up and finished the game strong.
"Losing anybody on the line "¦ it's tough because it's a cohesive unit. The chemistry can get messed up. You have seen that in Montreal. It's tough to lose anybody at this point in the season."
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