Just looks sore

An Edmonton Eskimos trainer see's Fred Perry off the field after he severely injured his lower leg...

An Edmonton Eskimos trainer see's Fred Perry off the field after he severely injured his lower leg on Sunday. SUN MEDIA/John Hanley

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

BURLINGTON -- Two simple words - career-ending - popped into Fred Perry's mind when he broke his left leg and dislocated an ankle on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

But the 33-year-old Edmonton Eskimos defensive end has stopped asking himself if he has suffered an injury that will end his eight-year CFL career.

Instead, he believes he can return to play this year - even though the early estimates suggest he will be out of action for eight to 12 weeks.

In fact, the star defensive end believes he can come back stronger and faster this year.

"I got eight to 12 weeks to lift weights - work on my upper body and then once the cast comes off (my ankle), starting rehabbing (the leg) and working on my lower body," said Perry.

It's a great attitude to have considering how gruesome the injury looked in front of a nationwide TV audience in Sunday's 35-31 Edmonton loss to the Toronto Argos.

With 10:26 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, Edmonton defensive tackle Jim Davis was pushed into Perry's path to Toronto quarterback Kerry Joseph.

At 276 pounds, Davis rolled on to Perry's left leg, snapping it in an instant.

The damage to Perry is a fractured fibula (calf bone) and a dislocated ankle on his left leg.

"I just remember I was into a bull rush and I just felt someone step on my ankle - right on the back of it," said Perry.

That prompted an image that will take many days to be erased from the memory of fans inside Rogers Centre.

On the big video screen Perry was shown flat on his back with the bottom portion of his left leg twisted sideways. The limb was just dangling with the foot pointed in the wrong direction.

But through it all, Perry remained remarkably calm.

While teammates had tears in their eyes, Perry stayed relatively still.

"When I looked up and seen that (my leg was sideways) I just looked to the sidelines and waved the (medical) guys to come and get me," remarked Perry.

"It (the injury) really wasn't bothering me.

"I got a high tolerance for pain."

Booked on a first-class airline seat - to give him more leg room - to Edmonton yesterday afternoon, Perry is scheduled to meet with team surgeon Dr. David Reid.

It's unclear if surgery will be required.

Head coach Danny Maciocia is only saying Perry will be out for an extended period of time.

Likely destined for the nine game injury list, the import rush end - who has 56 career sacks and 290 tackles - wants to remain around the team once it returns from playing in Hamilton on Friday.

"I am a leader on the team, so I am definitely going to be around to help the guys, watch film with them and motivate them," said Perry before getting on the flight for Edmonton yesterday.


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