Bertrand takes hit, loses feeling

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

TORONTO -- Mathieu Bertrand had an incredibly scary feeling inside Rogers Centre - and it had nothing to do with the fact Edmonton lost 28-23 to the Toronto Argos.

After taking a smack to the side while blocking on a punt return late in the third quarter yesterday, he lost feeling in major parts of his body.

"I felt numb in my arms and my legs and that is not a great moment," said the all-star calibre fullback, who doubles as a special teams demon for the Green and Gold.

Thankfully for Bertrand, the numbness had disappeared by the time he left the stadium last night while wearing a big, white neck collar.

But doctors will be taking a close look at his injury today.

"I have more tingling in my back," he admitted before leaving for the Toronto airport, "and will have some X-rays (today)."

The injury has roots to last weekend.

"I hurt my neck in the last kickoff of the game in Saskatchewan," he explained.

"I was doing a block on punt return (yesterday) and it wasn't the biggest hit ever, but it was a hit in a good spot and I had a weakness in my neck (already)."

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Steve Charbonneau's back problems flared up yesterday on the field, and he likely needs to show improvement this week to play again.


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