Eskimos' Williams not looking for more trouble

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:25 AM ET

EDMONTON - If Saturday nights 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 well 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 dont want to be in again. Theyre avoidable and well 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.

Hes 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 were still talking and having fun, and theyre 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 wasnt going to back down.

Im not trying to say that Im a tough guy or anything like that, but its just a mentality when youve got guys coming at you. But it wasnt 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 Im pretty sure those guys see it the same way, thats not something where, say for instance, were in the classroom at school and we get into a fight and its on after school, Williams said. On my end, its squashed.

That doesnt mean Williams will be choosing his words any more carefully, just his actions.

Ive always been a go to the last whistle guy and I dont care if were winning 100-0, Im never going to let up, he said. Im never not going to play my game. One of the things I do is talk trash.

Thats 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.

Hes practising, not fully cleared yet but hes allowed to practise, Reed said. Were doing a lot of cardio stuff to try to get him up to speed, but obviously its going to be a while before hes able to fully practise and be back to game condition.

WR Greg Carr took the day off Monday after leaving Fridays 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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