EDMONTON - At first Adarius Bowman figured he was just winded.
But when the Edmonton Eskimos receiver was unable to catch his breath after being hit Saturday against the Calgary Stampeders, he knew something was wrong.
"A lot of people thought I was knocked out," Bowman said. "I was conscious, I just couldn't breath that well.
"I finally caught my breath and got up, everything felt alright, but the doctor wanted to take some precautions, because he said he had seen that before and wanted to make sure I didn't have any internal bleeding."
As it turns out, Bowman suffered cracked ribs on the play and will not be available when the Eskimos host the Toronto Argonauts on Friday.
"That's what they tell me, they are still running a few more tests and I'm waiting to hear back from that," Bowman said. "But I feel a lot better than I did on game day.
"They haven't given me a for sure date when I'll be able to come back, but I do feel good, even though I know I'm not alright."
Bowman suffered in the injury in the fourth quarter of Saturday's contest after taking a hit from Stampeders defensive back Brandon Isaac.
Bowman was able to hold on to the ball, which kept the Eskimos final drive of the contest alive.
"I was thinking about that the whole time," Bowman said. "I was thinking either try to breathe or hold this ball, and I figured I'd better hold the ball first.
"I'm glad I was able to make the play and that we were able to get the win. It was good to see our team react well to some adversity in that game. I'm happy."
The Eskimos have a number of options to replace Bowman on the roster. It's likely Andrew Nowacki will be back in the lineup recovered from a hamstring injury.