Sanchez feared worst after hit

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

Davis Sanchez decked Milt Stegall with a hellacious hit in last week's win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was booed roundly when the replay was shown on the video board at CanadInns Stadium.

Stegall was KO'ed and had to be helped off the field after taking Sanchez's elbow to the back of his head and then crashing face first into the turf.

As the Blue Bombers slotback lay motionless on the field, Sanchez was visibly upset as he feared the worst and hoped for the best.

"We all feed our families from this game," said the Edmonton Eskimos cornerback. "When a guy is down, especially a guy like Milt Stegall who has been around a long time and done a lot of good things for this game, to see him down and maybe unconscious is not a good feeling.

"I like to make big hits whenever I can but I don't want to hurt anybody."

HOLD THE LINE: Offensive lineman Kevin Lefsrud is wearing a brace on his injured right knee and was an interested bystander during yesterday's practice.

Although looks can be deceiving the Viking native looks doubtful for Friday's tilt in Montreal. Lefsrud suffered strained knee ligaments in the Esks' season opener.

Veteran offensive tackle Chris Morris, meanwhile, has missed the last two weeks with an ankle injury but could draw in this week. Were Morris to get the nod, rookie tackle Patrick Kabongo would come off the roster. But the jury is still out on any changes along the offensive line, according to head coach Danny Maciocia.

"We're hoping they're both available," Maciocia said. "But we're going to be smart about it. We want to make sure that we've got the five healthiest guys in there. We've proven that we can win with any combination of five."

LATE HITS: It's official, according to Esks manager of communications and media Dave Jamieson. Kicker Sean Fleming has, indeed, passed Dave Cutler on the Green and Gold's all-time career field goal list by going 2-for-2 versus Winnipeg last week. Fleming now has 466 career field goals, one more than Cutler. The record total in the Esks media guide differed from the figure which appears in the CFL guide.


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