Argos drop bombs over head hit
By Kirk Penton, QMI Agency
|Argonauts quarterback Steven Jyles lies injured after a nasty helmet-to-helmet shot by Bombers linebacker Johnny Sears Friday night. (FRED GREENSLADE/Reuters)
The first meeting between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts in 2012 is something to look forward to already.
Two injured Argos offensive linemen took to Twitter on Friday night to voice their disgust over the vicious head shot Bomber linebacker Johnny Sears delivered on Steven Jyles in Friday’s game.
Jyles took off on a run in the fourth quarter and slid feet first.
Sears drove his helmet into Jyles’ face mask about a foot from the turf, knocking the quarterback unconscious. Sears was ejected, and Jyles eventually headed to the locker-room under his own power.
Rob Murphy and Taylor Robertson, who are both out for the season and who watched the game on TV in Toronto, let it be known they weren’t happy with Sears and hinted at retribution.
The CFL is looking into the matter, which involved responses from Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney.
Translated from Twitter speak, here’s what Murphy (@BIGMURPH56) wrote: “#0 (Sears) is lucky I’m not in the province of Manitoba tonight. They would need the Jaws of Life to pry me off of him. I have a good memory. See ya next year, 0.”
Robertson (@TR65) chimed in as well: “I don’t know who the hell this #0 guy is, but I hope to hell he’s in the league next year. I’ll take the ejection. I don’t care.
“Pretty (mad) at the fact he’s standing on the sideline and there isn’t someone peeling white jerseys off of him. Cheapest hit I’ve ever seen.”
Hefney wasn’t about to take that lying down, offering this response a few hours later: “Just so y’all know #0 will be fine. He will be in the league next year. Take your shot. I guarantee we will be riding on every single one of y’all.”
Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice isn’t a big fan of that kind of talk between players on social media forums.
“Whoever’s doing that should be disciplined by the league, whether it’s our club or their club,” LaPolice said. “That’s not what we’re about, the Canadian Football League. It’s not an eye-for-an-eye league.”
LaPolice said Sears made a mistake on the play, but he doesn’t believe the second-year Bomber intentionally tried to injure the former Bomber.
“He led with his head, and you can’t do that,” LaPolice said. “Johnny’s wrong. He admits it. He wasn’t doing anything malicious. He’s a fast player who just made a mistake. Things happen fast out there.
“I told him what he did was wrong, but I don’t think the kid’s a malicious kid in any way, shape or form. So I don’t understand the people going after him. Things happen fast on the field. He’ll learn from the mistake, and he’ll be better for it.”
LaPolice doesn’t expect Sears to be suspended, but he sounded like he wouldn’t be surprised if the Fresno, Calif., native got fined.