Young may have KO'd Keith

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Glen Young isn't gloating. The Eskimos linebacker isn't that kind of guy.

But if the Roughriders show up Sunday without star running back Kenton Keith, Young is the reason. Young drilled Keith on the chin in the opening quarter of Edmonton's 40-16 loss at Taylor Field and ran the Rider back's bell pretty good.

"Usually a linebacker's instincts are a lot like a running back's," explained Young. "You look for the hole that's open. If that hole is open, that's usually what the running back is thinking of hitting.

"He's not going to run into a pile, he's going to run to the opening. As a linebacker, you're going to hit the hole that's open.

"Even if you don't see anything by the time you get there someone should be there. And that was kind of one of those situations. He was there by the time I got there."

Young says he's been on the giving and receiving ends of some nasty hits. At the time, he didn't think the lick he laid on Keith was that lethal.

"He played a little bit after that, but I didn't realize that it affected him as much," Young offered. "I know it affected me. It was a dinger

"I felt it. My body kind of went numb. Watching the film, I caught him with my helmet on the chin and his head kind of snapped up. I just came in as low as I could and he was standing up a bit."

Keith rejoined the Riders after being cut by the New York Jets this fall and gave Saskatchewan a whole lot of flash and dash in the backfield.

Multi-talented Corey Holmes took over from Keith and finished up the game versus the Esks. Holmes also filled in for Keith last Saturday night against the B.C. Lions.

Holmes is no slouch at running the ball. Keith or no Keith, the Green and Gold linebackers know they're going to have their hands full.

"They have enough weapons over there where they can definitely get by without Keith," said middle linebacker A.J. Gass. "Regardless of who's in the backfield, they're a big threat for us."

LATE HITS: Veteran running back Troy Mills was scheduled to rejoin the squad, but the plan to bring the 38-year-old back for the post-season has been shelved. Mills suffered a broken left leg and torn ankle ligaments in the Esks' first pre-season game and missed the regular season as a result.


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