Pain and suffering

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The Edmonton Eskimos won the Brawl in B.C., but might have paid a big price.

The Eskimos suffered several injuries in yesterday's 28-23 win over the B.C. Lions in the Western final.

The extent of the injuries won't be known until later this week, meaning there will be some anxious moments in the days to come over the health of starting fullback Mathieu Bertrand, defensive end Antico Dalton and a couple of others.

The most serious injury could be to Bertrand, who needed the help of two members of the training staff to slowly make his way off the field in the third quarter after covering a punt.

"I was just starting to make the tackle (on Aaron Lockett) and I made a cut and my foot got caught in the turf and I tweaked my ankle," said Bertrand, with his right ankle still tightly taped in the locker room.

"I'll see (what happens) when I wake up (this morning)."

Losing Bertrand would be a costly blow for the Eskimos.

"We are a big two-back offence. If we lose a guy like that, who has played the whole year, it is going to be big for us," said quarterback Jason Maas.

Bertrand carries the mail on short second-down conversions, catches effective short passes, provides key pass protection and is a special teams threat.

In a bizarre and frightening trend for the Eskimos yesterday, special teams plays were the most costly.

Before many people had found their seats at B.C. Place, the Eskimos had already lost two players for the entire game.

Dalton's first-ever CFL West final lasted about five seconds.

Deitan Dubuc's initiation was just as bad.

Both suffered concussions on the opening kickoff.

"I had a nice set-up kill shot on the guy (I was blocking) and I put my head in a little too much," said Dalton.

"I hit him and the ground too."

Dubuc's noggin also took a severe knock.

"I hit some D-lineman down there and I got my bell rung pretty good," he said.

The good news for the Eskimos is both players seemed to be functioning just fine after the game.

Both will be evaluated today.

LATE HITS: Centre Kevin Lefsrud suffered a lower leg injury late in the fourth quarter and hopped on his good peg for several seconds before taking one of the final snaps of the game.


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