Woodcock rips refs, Ticat

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:35 PM ET

Renegades receiver Pat Woodcock yesterday accused Tiger-Cats cornerback Tay Cody of deliberately trying to injure him during Friday's loss at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

"It was just a cheap shot, and there's no place for that, and there's no need to go out and try to hurt somebody," said Woodcock.

The Ottawa slotback left the game with injured ribs in the second quarter after Cody levelled him in the middle of the field after Woodcock dropped a pass from Kerry Joseph.

BLINDSIDED

Replays showed Woodcock bobbling the ball, then Cody delivering a blindside hit at least two seconds after the ball had touched the ground.

Officials did not throw a flag.

Following the game, Renegades coach Joe Paopao criticized the officiating of referee John Ireland's crew, and said yesterday he would contact the league to get an answer why no penalty was called on the hit.

"To say it's just football is not good enough for me. People are going to get hurt," said Paopao.

"I understand the logistics of the game, but not that. We've got to protect the players. It wasn't even close.

"If two guys simultaneously hit him and knocked the crap out of him, then that's football," said Paopao. "If he would have got hurt, that's part of the game. But that was a free shot that the guy had."

Woodcock also ripped the officials.

"You look down south (to the NFL) and (Cody) would get a $50,000 fine for that. Up here, it didn't even get a flag."

Woodcock said he hadn't seen a replay, but teammates told him Cody had time to change his course and prevent a collision.

"If I'm going for the ball and you know a guy is coming, I can brace for it. But when you think the play is over and you're jogging off to the sidelines, you can't brace for it," said Woodcock.

"I didn't see it coming at all, and I had no idea he was even there."

Woodcock's injury will be assessed this week, but Paopao said it's possible the Kanata native won't play another down this season.

GRANT, ARMSTEAD HURT

Also injured during Friday's 40-32 loss to the Ticats were linebacker Robert Grant (knee) and receiver Jason Armstead (hip pointer).

Paopao was also miffed about Grant's injury, which occurred in a collision with a TV cart on the sidelines.

Paopao complained the cart was too close to the sidelines, about one yard out of bounds.

"It was practically on the field," he said.

Grant's injury will be assessed today, but the Renegades fear he has ligament damage that will end his season.

Armstead could miss Saturday's game at Frank Clair Stadium against the Alouettes. Also on the mend is cornerback Greg Moss, who played Friday with a groin injury.

The loss to rookie quarterback Kevin Eakin and a Ticats roster full of first-time CFLers dropped Ottawa's record to 6-10.

It also virtually eliminated them from a chance of getting a playoff berth, something the franchise has failed to accomplish in its four seasons.

"That's a game that we really should have had," said Woodcock. "They played well enough to win and we made too many mistakes to give them the win. But there are no excuses because we needed that game."

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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