TV cart collision KO's Grant

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

Robert Grant considers himself lucky.

Fortunate that he didn't hurt himself more seriously last Friday in Hamilton.

The Renegades linebacker suffered a season-ending injury to his left knee when he collided with a television camera cart on the sidelines at Ivor Wynne Stadium, where the space between the grandstand and playing field is sparse.

"After looking at the film, it could have been a neck injury or back injury or something worse," he said yesterday after showing up at Frank Clair Stadium for a team meeting. "Fortunately, I can still hobble around, so it's not too bad if you look at the big picture."

On the play, Grant tackled Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Eakin at the sideline before rolling over and colliding hard with the cart.

"My main focus was to get him down in bounds. That's all I really saw," said Grant.

Then came the collision with the cart, which was located about three metres off the field.

'IT FELT PRETTY BAD'

"I tried to move and I realised that I couldn't move my leg," said Grant. "I kind of just laid there and I didn't want to make it any worse. They came and braced me, and it felt pretty bad."

Usually, the TV cart would be placed further away from the sideline and out of harm's way. But at Ivor Wynne, it was located against the grandstand and as far away from the field as it could go.

"At that stadium, it's a bit close," said Grant. "They should do something about getting (the cart) a little bit further out of the way."

Renegades coach Joe Paopao said he would speak to the CFL office about the incident.

"It may be a career ender, who knows?" Paopao said. "It's playing with fire and playing with peoples' lives. What if it had been a neck injury?"

Grant had an MRI done on the knee yesterday, but the Renegades suspect he suffered torn ligaments, forcing him out of action for the final two games of the season.

POLITICAL FOOTBALL: Renegades president Lonie Glieberman and Paopao will meet U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this afternoon at the U.S. Embassy on Sussex Dr. Chosen among Renegades players to represent the team are Canadians Darryl Ray and Jean-Francois Roy, and Americans Johnny Scott and Fred Moore. Glieberman will present Rice with a Renegades jersey.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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