Calvillo knocked out by Howard
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - A.C. got KOed.
In a year where Anthony Calvillo is setting all-time quarterback records, the Montreal Alouettes pivot had another first in Friday's 34-21 win over the Edmonton Eskimos.
“It's the first time I've been completely knocked out,” said the 39-year-old Calvillo, who was unceremoniously ousted at the end of the third quarter by defensive end Marcus Howard. “I've had concussions before, in the past, but I've never been out cold.
“That was a bit scary.”
Calvillo was chased from the pocket by defensive end Julius Williams, only to be T-boned by a torpedoing Howard. The quarterback didn't have time to do anything but accidentally let the ball slip from his grasp before contact was made.
“I remember fumbling the ball. After that, I got hit and don't remember anything until the trainers came,” said Calvillo, who was left laying on the turf as medical staff rushed to his aid. “They said it was about 20 seconds where I was completely out.”
His night was complete as backup Adrian McPherson took over duties in the fourth quarter. It was unknown Friday when Calvillo will be able to resume chasing Damon Allen's all-time passing record
“It's way too early to determine what's going to happen next week.”
Howard, who came into the game with seven sacks in his previous five outings, was held off the stats sheet for the first time since making his CFL debut in Week 6 because the fumble occurred before the would-be sack.
“I saw him drop the ball but I just tried to hit him and hope a teammate picked the fumble up,” said the former Indianapolis Colt, who got his wish when Etienne Legare pounced on the pigskin. “That was the hardest hit I've had since coming to the CFL.”