No hard feelings -- Canada

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

First he was a Bomber, then he wasn't and now he is again.

Winnipeg defensive end Tom Canada did such a quick 360 that his head must still be spinning.

The Blue Bombers attempted to trade Canada to Hamilton for middle linebacker Zeke Moreno on Monday. But, complications arose after the agreement was made because Canada suddenly discovered that he was suffering from an enlarged spleen.

Then, after the two teams involved played their own version of Deal or No Deal, Canada remained a Bomber.

"It was kind of a crazy night, man," Canada conceded on his way back to the hospital for more tests yesterday.

The ailment, however, will reportedly prevent Canada from playing football for six months, which means his season is over.

Canada had been reluctant to report to Hamilton after being told about the trade Monday afternoon. Then he started feeling ill and went to the hospital where the problem with his spleen was diagnosed.

"I've felt bad for a few weeks now," said Canada, 28. "They're not sure what caused it but they think it is some sort of viral infection from the enlargement of the spleen. In the last game (versus Saskatchewan on Sunday), I took a hit in that area and I felt like passing out at various times during the game. But it was the Banjo Bowl and I wanted to play. I somehow made it through."

It was apparently either that hit or one he took in the game in Saskatchewan the week before that caused the enlargement.

According to a medical website, an enlarged spleen can be quite serious. It is a small organ that helps fight infection. Enlargement could be caused by a number of things, including liver disease and blood cancers. Treatment can include medications and sometimes, even radiation therapy to shrink it. Surgery to remove the spleen can also be an option.

"I've got to watch my health for the next few days," said Canada, who is staying in the hospital for the next few nights.

Canada will be moved to the nine-game injury list now, said Bombers GM Brendan Taman.

While he is now focused on his recovery, Canada is pleased to remain a Bomber.

"He said, 'That's cool, man,' and went about his business," Taman said. "We didn't cut him. We didn't say, 'We didn't want you.' We got Zeke Moreno (for) him. And now we were able to get Zeke Moreno without giving him up ... We didn't burn any bridges with him, nor did he with us."

But it will feel strange to return to a team that tried to trade him.

"In spite of feeling weird about the whole situation, they were doing what they felt was best for them and I was trying to be professional about it," Canada said. "I know it wasn't a personal attack on me. But it'll feel weird coming back."

Right now, his fans and teammates hope he does come back to play.

"It was a big enough shock when I heard he got removed and now he's not," said defensive lineman Doug Brown, Canada's friend and teammate. "But he's still not here so we'll wait for a bit and see how everything plays itself out. I'm happy that he's still part of the organization."


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