Stampeders' Jon Cornish says he was knocked senseless but is ready to practise

Stampeders running back Jon Cornish is helped off the field after taking a nasty hit from Als...

Stampeders running back Jon Cornish is helped off the field after taking a nasty hit from Als defender Kyries Hebert two weeks ago. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

Scott Fisher, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:07 AM ET

CALGARY - Jon Cornish didn’t remember scoring a touchdown.

In fact, he couldn’t figure out why he was decked out in football equipment.

The Calgary Stampeders star running back suffered a concussion in the season-opening win over the Montreal Alouettes, and it messed up his short-term memory.

“I understand now why people say confusion is a symptom,” Cornish said. “I think most people keep track of the last five minutes of their lives.

“But when there’s a disjunction, when there’s a distinct gap in that knowledge, it’s a little bit worrisome. I was getting up off the field, and I was like, ‘Did I play a football game? Why am I here?’

“Not having that tiny piece of memory makes you feel sort of uncomfortable.”

Cornish says it took about 15 minutes for him to regain his senses after absorbing a vicious clothesline from Alouettes linebacker Kyries Hebert.


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