MONTREAL -- Montreal Alouettes' officials are frowning on the late-night antics of some of their players after linebacker Walter Spencer was stabbed and seriously injured in a weekend bar attack.
The 31-year-old Detroit native was stabbed in the chest and head early Monday morning as he was leaving a downtown bar. He underwent emergency surgery and was initially listed in critical condition, but he is now stable.
No one has been arrested and it's not clear if the 5'11", 217-lb. defensive specialist was targeted because of his profession. But the team suggested that frequenting a bar at 3 a.m. is not the best way to prepare for important games.
"Players have to make good choices," Claude Rochon, the Als' vice-president of marketing and communications, said Tuesday.
"They should concentrate on football, on the season and on winning football games."
Spencer, an important member of the Alouettes special teams, is awake and speaking to family. He will remain at the Montreal General Hospital until his condition improves, says the team.
Teammates say they're worried about Spencer's health, with some saying the attack has them reconsidering their party habits.
"It makes you think about your priorities and your life," says safety Etienne Boulay. "Things like this put things into perspective."
Safety Matthieu Proulx says Spencer is a peaceful man despite his on-field intensity, adding that players are usually well-treated in public.
"People are very nice to us," says Proulx. "We're rarely criticized. I've never been accosted in a bar."
He says Spencer was likely in the wrong place at the wrong time and that the attacker likely had no idea who he had stabbed.