Lewis optimistic knee isn't torn apart
By WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
|Edmonton Eskimo Donovan Alexander hits Calgary Stampeder Nik Lewis in mid-air as the ball pops loose in the Stampeder end-zone during the CFL western semifinal at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on Nov. 13, 2011. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI AGENCY)
Nik Lewis watched the replay and admitted “it looks pretty bad.”
The Calgary Stampeders slotback figures it could have been worse.
Lewis was walking with a obvious limp one day after suffering a left knee injury in the first half of Sunday’s season-ending playoff loss to the Edmonton Eskimos, although he believes the flexibility gained from regular sessions of hot yoga might have spared him from reconstructive surgery.
“I think my ACL is good,” Lewis said. “I’m pretty sure that me doing all that yoga actually helped me to not tear everything in my knee. This year,
I was doing hot yoga probably once or twice a week from August on. It made a big difference in everything I was doing.”
While the Stamps gathered for a team meeting Monday morning at McMahon Stadium, Lewis also had an MRI on his to-do list after hyper-extending his knee on a tackle by Eskimos cornerback Weldon Brown.
Even if the Stamps had completed a comeback in Sunday’s 33-19 loss at Commonwealth Stadium, the 29-year-old receiver admitted, “I don’t know if I could play next week if we won.”
Results of his MRI won’t be known for a few days.
Morley defends hit
In his first season with the Stamps, safety Demetrice Morley established a reputation as one of the CFL’s hardest hitters.
A dirty hitter, though? He doesn’t think so.
Morley knocked the Eskimos’ Jerome Messam out of Sunday’s West Division semifinal with a low hit as the Eskimos’ star running back accepted a pass and started to turn upfield. Messam could miss this weekend’s West Final with a knee injury.
A few hours after the game, B.C. Lions star Geroy Simon — one of the most respected guys in the three-down football ranks — logged on to his Twitter account and accused Morley of making a dirty play.
“Just saw the hit on Messam, that was BS. #coward no need to hit a guy low when he has his back turned,” Simon wrote.
After the Stamps gathered for a team meeting Monday morning, Morley admitted he’d been told about the Twitter comments but didn’t want to start a war of words.
“I didn’t think it was a bad hit, he said. “I thought it was pretty clean. It’s just part of the game.”
Five free agents on tap
There will likely be plenty of changes at McMahon Stadium over the off-season, but only five guys are eligible to leave as free agents.
Stamps linebacker Brandon Isaac, centre Tim O’Neill, punter Burke Dales, receiver Arjei Franklin and special-teamer Marc Calixte each have an opportunity to test the market this off-season.
During his season-ending media availability, Stamps head coach John Hufnagel hinted re-signing Isaac is a top priority.
“Hopefully, we can come to terms and make it happen,” Isaac said.
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