Esks’ Campbell dazed, not confused

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:31 PM ET

Kelly Campbell isn’t about to let a concussion be the last thing he receives this season.

The Edmonton Eskimos slotback took a punishing hit from B.C. Lions safety David Hyland and left last Saturday’s game early.

“I was a little dazed,” Campbell said. “They said it might have been a mild concussion. I’ve had three of those in my lifetime. I felt it wasn’t a concussion but we’ve got to take the proper precautions to make sure that everything is OK.”

While he remained out of practice Tuesday, Campbell fully expects to be back for the rest of the week and be ready for this Saturday’s game.

“It was just kind of a protocol you take when you have a concussion,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. ‘Himself and (running back Daniel) Porter were running on the side just to make sure that they don’t have any headaches and they don’t have any lingering effects.

“Kelly should be out here a little bit (Wednesday) and we’ll get ready for Saturday.”

Campbell’s night was cut short last Saturday after recording just one reception for 10 yards.

But he said he doesn’t think Hyland was looking to do any added damage.

“I think the guy was just trying to make the play,” said Campbell. “It’s just something that you can’t control. Guys go out there trying to make plays and as a receiver, you’ve got to go out there and do what you’ve got to do. You know the hits are coming so you try to not get hit too hard.”

But a little brain rattling isn’t enough to keep Campbell down.

“That’s one of the things I love doing, is coming across the middle,” he said. “With me being a little guy it shows what kind of heart I have. I love getting hit, I love the contact.”

– Moddejonge


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