Younger allergic to 'Peg?

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:17 AM ET

The beauty of the CFL is that in just about any game you watch, chances are good you will see something you’ve never seen before.

Friday night was one of those nights for Argonauts linebacker Jordan Younger — although the fans back home had no idea, and it’s a good bet Younger didn’t enjoy this particular experience even a little bit.

Late in the first half, Younger had to leave the game and did not return.

According to head coach Jim Barker, Younger began experiencing problems breathing and had some swelling in his face, but the team had no idea why.

They’re still not sure.

“He told me: ‘I’ll be fine. I just have to get this (swelling) to go down,’ but it just got worse,” Barker said.

Initially the team hoped a quick shower might wash off whatever was causing the problem but the swelling just wouldn’t go down and Michael Grant was pressed into action in his place for the remainder of the evening.

“He had an allergic reaction,’ Barker said.

“I don’t know what it was, whether it was something in the air in Winnipeg or what, but his face swelled up and they were worried about him being able to breathe.”

Younger was back on the field yesterday for practice, but none the wiser about what caused the reaction, whether it was a bug bite, something in the turf at Canad Inns Stadium or even the banana he ate just before the game.

What the unexpected did do was open a door for Grant and he didn’t disappoint.

“Michael Grant did a great job stepping in at that position,” Barker said. “What we are trying to preach to these guys is there is always somebody there ready to step in and play and that’s what happened.”


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