Willy's wonky knees can't keep DB out

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

'Sweetwater Willy' enjoyed his finest hour last weekend.

During Winnipeg's 39-9 victory over the Argonauts in Toronto, Willie Amos had 10 defensive tackles, a few big hits and picked off a pass.

Not bad for a rookie cornerback whose development's been slowed by injuries to both knees -- Amos has gone under the knife five times.

"I blew both knees out," the Sweetwater, Texas, native said yesterday. "I blew one out in college (Nebraska-Lincoln) in 2002. It was a dislocation of the right knee. Then they had to go back in two times afterwards.

"Then, in '06, I went to the (Chicago) Bears training camp and I blew my ACL meniscus out there and they had to go back in again after that, too."

It's a wonder the 6-foot-1, 195-pound import can walk properly, never mind play.

"That, to me, is a miracle," said Amos, 26. "I'm very blessed to have the support of my family and friends ... I can run full out, I can cut. I can break."

Surely he must have wondered about his future as a pro football player.

"I wasn't necessarily wondering, I just wanted to come out and take it day-by-day," said Amos, who also played receiver in college. "The rehabilitation process was the hardest part, trying to get it back to normal. I didn't worry about catching balls, running routes and all that stuff. I had to get back to norm.

"After that, you can talk and pray to God to see if it's the path you should take. So I took it ... When I came out here, the doctors checked me out, did the physicals and everything and cleared it. So it was just a matter of taking care of my body and taking care of my mind and just trying to stay positive when something hurts ... It's a true blessing, a true blessing."

Amos got his chance when Robert Bean suffered a hand injury earlier this year.

FILLING IN: Ryan Donnelly was signed to provide depth on the offensive line and has proven his worth. He started at centre when Dominic Picard was felled by injury and will now replace injured guard Kyle Koch in the game against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton tomorrow.

HASHMARKS: The Bombers will make one change with OL Matt O'Meara replacing Koch on the roster ... Toronto has signed former Bomber OL Andrew Greene ... Oops, QB Kevin Glenn has thrown for 16,626 yards as a Bomber, not 16,470.

POWS: Calgary QB Henry Burris was named the CFL's top offensive player of the week. Edmonton DB Jason Goss (defensive), B.C. RB/KR Stefan Logan (special teams) and Edmonton RB Calvin McCarty (Canadian) were also chosen.


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