Eskimos' Williams not looking for more trouble

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:25 AM ET

EDMONTON - If Saturday night’s all right for fighting, then Julius Williams and Marcus Howard were a day early.

The Edmonton Eskimos defensive ends saw their game end early Friday after getting involved in a fisticuffs with members of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive line.

The two were ejected along with Bombers left tackle Glenn January with just over three minutes left in the third quarter and Edmonton still pitching a 35-0 shutout.

“The league has a process that it goes through and we’ll see what happens,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed, who got between both factions to break things up on Friday. “They are our two starting defensive ends, it was a situation that we don’t want to be in again. They’re avoidable and we’ll avoid them the next time.”

In the meantime, the two Eskimos await whatever punishment gets handed down by the league.

“Of course, I am expecting a fine,” Howard said. “I just want to apologize to the fans and to the kids out there and want to put it behind me.”

While they may not have thrown the first punch, the outspoken Williams suddenly found himself backing up his words and Howard backing up his teammate against the super-sized O-lineman.

“He’s just a guy,” Howard shrugged.

A guy, it turns out, who takes offence at an opponent who continues trash-talking even with the scoreboard so lopsided.

“We get 35 quick points and we’re still talking and having fun, and they’re not having so much fun being on the losing end,” Williams said. “Nothing against those guys, I understand that they did what they had to do, but in the moment I wasn’t going to back down.

“I’m not trying to say that I’m a tough guy or anything like that, but it’s just a mentality when you’ve got guys coming at you. But it wasn’t smart. and I would never want to see that happen again.”

Like in two weeks, when the Eskimos travel to Winnipeg for their last stop prior to their bye week.

“As a professional, and I’m pretty sure those guys see it the same way, that’s not something where, say for instance, we’re in the classroom at school and we get into a fight and it’s on after school,” Williams said. “On my end, it’s squashed.”

That doesn’t mean Williams will be choosing his words any more carefully, just his actions.

“I’ve always been a go to the last whistle guy and I don’t care if we’re winning 100-0, I’m never going to let up,” he said. “I’m never not going to play my game. One of the things I do is talk trash.

“That’s something that I formed ever since I started playing football when I was seven years old. This is my playground.”

IN AND OUT: DT Etienne Legare took part in his first practice of 2012 after being kept out by a throat infection since training camp opened.

“He’s practising, not fully cleared yet but he’s allowed to practise,” Reed said. “We’re doing a lot of cardio stuff to try to get him up to speed, but obviously it’s going to be a while before he’s able to fully practise and be back to game condition.”

WR Greg Carr took the day off Monday after leaving Friday’s game with an ankle injury. LB Clint Kent was also sidelined after being an innocent bystander on the sidelines Friday, when he was run into by a diving Bombers defensive back. LT Orrin Thompson and DB Weldon Brown did not participate in drills Monday.

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