Bike crash wipes out Maurer

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

As a powerful fullback, Renegades' Mike Maurer is used to running over things.

He got run over yesterday.

Maurer, riding his bike to practice at Lansdowne Park yesterday at lunch time, got hit by a car on Bank St. near Billings Bridge, yet another stroke of the incredibly bad luck that has dogged the 'Gades lately.

Maurer, who was sent flying, injured his Achilles tendon and his heel in the accident and missed practice.

His status for Saturday's game against Saskatchewan is up in the air much like he was yesterday.

"It's been a crazy season for freak injuries and accidents," said Maurer, who was understandably furious after the accident.

"I had some good speed going coming down the hill there. I was right beside the car at the rear passenger door. He was squeezing me a little towards the curb and then he turned right into me. The bike and myself went airborne. I did the tuck and roll and I think that minimized the damage."

The driver got out of his car and apologized which is probably prudent at any time, but especially when facing a 6-foot, 233-lb. football player who's at least a little ticked off.

"I had the sense to restrain myself and get the licence number," said Maurer, who turns 29 today.

"I was so angry. I was on the ground. My bike was on the ground. I had a few choice words. He pointed out he didn't look where he was going and he apologized a couple of times. I talked to the police, but they weren't very sympathetic.

"I was trying to get here on time for some treatment (of another injury) and wound up getting treated for something else. The best case scenario is it's just a bruise and I'll be able to practise (today)."

Renegades coach Joe Paopao couldn't suppress a rueful laugh and a shake of his head when asked why Maurer didn't practise yesterday.

"You'd think riding a bike to work would be a good thing, get some exercise ... some fresh air," ... said the coach.


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