Craver focused on rehabilitation after tearing ACL

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:52 PM ET

It was a freak play that ended his season.

Veteran import defensive back Keyuo Craver suffered a torn ACL in last Friday’s game against Hamilton.

“I was running on the play, I planted, my cleat stayed and my knee buckled,” Craver said Tuesday. “It sucks. I mean, I felt it pull but I didn’t know how serious it was. I kept playing.

“It happened like, three minutes into the game. I played on it all the way to halftime. Then the doctors checked on it and they were like, ‘You should have been done’ … I was just running down and it was just the same play you do every week and it just buckled and it happened.”

But hearing the severity of the injury a month before your 30th birthday is no fun.

“It sucks but it comes with the territory, man,” said Craver, who had been relegated to backup duties for Friday’s contest. “You always hope for the best but you prepare for the worst. It’s unfortunate that it happened but you’ve got to deal with it.

“My concern is rehabbing my knee and preparing myself before surgery and making sure that I get it as healthy as I can.”

NEW BLOOD: Because of Craver’s injury and because other secondary starters are still ailing, the Bombers brought back import DB Donald Brown Jr., one of the final cuts in training camp.

“I didn’t know how it was going to work when I left but I’m excited to be back,” said Brown, who had returned to his Morganton, N.C., home. “I was missing this so I was glad they called me back.”

Actually, Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice had told the 5-foot-7, 190-pound Wingate product that he would be the first to be called if the Bombers suffered an injury. And there is some indication that Brown will dress for this Friday’s CFL match when the Toronto Argonauts come to town as he was also shagging kicks during practice.

“In this game, you never know,” said Brown, who turns 25 on Thursday. “They have Jovon (Johnson) returning and he’s playing corner so, I’ve got to be ready. I know my role so, if it’s returning, I’ll return. If it’s playing corner or half or whatever, I’ll be ready … With injuries and everything, we’ll see.

“Any chance you get, you try to make the most of it. I’m back now so I’ve just to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully, keep making plays.”

Both DBs Brandon Stewart and Alex Suber missed another practice with undisclosed injuries Tuesday, although CB LaVar Glover (leg) did practise.

“We expect one of them to be able to go, at least, Then, Clint Kent will take one of the other spots,” LaPolice said.

Kent, who is due to come off the one-game injury list, practised with the first-team defence Tuesday. So did DB Bernard Hicks.

NEW DE: The Bombers also welcomed import defensive end Armond Willis, a 6-foot-2, 232-pound FIU product, to town. Willis, 23, has replaced wide receiver David Ball on the practice roster. Ball has been released.

EXTRA SACK: The CFL has given Winnipeg DE Phillip Hunt credit for a sack on the play where he forced a fumble and he now leads the league with three of them.


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