When the lights went out

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

For a few minutes, at least, Terrence Edwards didn't care about the sordid details of this forgettable season.

As he lay on the turf in Montreal last Sunday, regaining consciousness after a vicious, blind-side hit from Alouettes linebacker Shea Emry, all that mattered to the Blue Bomber receiver, and those around him, was his ability to get up and walk.

Not that Edwards was cognizant of it at the time.

The truth is, he didn't remember anything about the play until he came home and watched it on tape.

Then it started coming back to him. How he was crossing over the middle of the field, just beyond the line of scrimmage, when the lights went out.

"I didn't see him or know he was there," Edwards told the Sun yesterday, in his first interview since the hit. "I didn't even feel the hit. I remember waking up and wondering why everybody was around me."

He doesn't remember the moments, either, when people say his eyes were moving, but he couldn't respond to questions. Someone told him about it Tuesday.

"It's scary," Edwards said. "It's something where you never want to be that person."

Diagnosed with a concussion, Edwards was still feeling "woozy" yesterday, and still experiencing some memory loss. He's being monitored daily.

"They're not letting me do anything until I feel 100%," he said. "How long it's going to be, I don't know. I'm not even close to being able to play."

After seeing his prone, still figure on the field for those agonizing minutes, teammates are just glad to hear he is expected to play again.

"That was tough," fellow receiver Aaron Hargreaves said. "Any time someone doesn't get up for that long a period of time it kind of puts things in perspective for a moment."

Every receiver who's ever run across the middle of the field knows it could have been them, instead.

"You hope and pray the guy's going to get up," Brock Ralph, who was out with an injury and watching the game on TV back in Winnipeg, said. "It was hard to see that. You don't want to see that happen to anybody. It's hard enough to stay healthy. You hope the league takes the proper steps."

The Bombers have asked the CFL to take a look at the hit, with a mind to disciplinary action against Emry.

Edwards is focused more on getting better.

He won't let yet another setback sour him on the 2009 season, either.

He figures if he can survive everything that's gone on -- the losing, the controversies, the loss of friends Derick Armstrong, Romby Bryant and Arjei Franklin, who've all been sent packing, and now the injury -- then he can handle anything.

And as he watched that tape, and saw teammates and opponents alike gathered around him, pulling for him, he was reminded of something.

"I was just appreciative," Edwards said. "It doesn't matter how competitive the game is, or how brutal it gets ... people are going to become human.

"For that short period, the game didn't matter. The score didn't matter."

paul.friesen@sunmedia.ca


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