A calming voice

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

Brandon Guillory swears he heard a voice on the McMahon Stadium turf.

Just moments after losing feeling in his legs and hands from a massive hit on Friday night, the Edmonton Eskimos' defensive end was focused on something else.

"I am down there and kind of worried then, I kid you not, I heard a voice," said Guillory.

"It was like: 'So, what is it going to be?'

"And right then and there I knew it was God and I knew it was him just doing something with my life. And it was him just making my faith more strong through him."

In one of his first interviews since suffering a spinal cord contusion against the Calgary Stampeders Friday, the 23-year-old import appears to be on the road to recovery after the most frightening on-field incident in several years involving the Eskimos.

"I am feeling wonderful. I am feeling real blessed," he said from the team's Edmonton hotel.

The swelling around his spine is going down and he actually hopes to do some light jogging as early as today.

But the Louisiana native can't be involved in any contact drills in practice for at least another three to four weeks.

Given the salary cap, that means the Eskimos are facing another interesting decision.

If Guillory goes on a normal injury list, his salary will count toward the $4.05-million cap.

If he goes on the nine-game injured list, his salary doesn't count on the cap.

"I am sitting down with our medical people on Friday," said coach Danny Maciocia. "I know they are researching this because I need times and dates.

"That is how I work right now. I need to know how long are we talking. Are we talking three to four weeks before he starts activity? Are we talking three to four weeks before he runs another battery of tests?"

According to Guillory, he will need another MRI after another three to four weeks.

After recording three sacks in just three games in his rookie season, Edmonton was hoping Guillory would start the season in the same form.

Now, the 6-foot-4, 253-pound rush end will have to wait and just rewind the scary play in his mind.

"I was rushing the passer and tried to convert back inside," he said. "The guard (Bobby Singh) wasn't blocking anyone - so he had an opportunity to double team me.

"When I traced back in, as soon as I turned out he was running at me at full speed.

"Got a nice little clean shot."

It is fair to say Guillory will never forget the helmet to chin collision.


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