Steven Jyles plans to seek out Johnny Sears on Thursday.
Only this time, Jyles will have a different message, after calling the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back a dirty player last week.
“I will apologize to Johnny, I shouldn’t have said those things about him,” said Jyles, who will be under centre when the Bombers host the Eskimos on Thursday. “One thing about Johnny that I like about him is that he plays hard. You can’t take that out of the game. There’s no hard feelings. I don’t hate the guy. I don’t even know him.”
Jyles was knocked out of a game last October with a helmet-to-helmet hit that resulted in a one-game suspension for Sears.
“He’s just been in situations, like the one with myself last year,” said Jyles. “I was sliding but he said he went for the knees. I didn’t want to paint the picture that he’s a bad guy. (Crossing the line occasionally) is a part of bringing high energy to the ball game and playing hard on every play. You can’t fault him for the way he plays, that’s what got him here.
“I think he makes dirty plays, he takes dirty shots. But that’s just the way he plays. And that’s what I was saying, he plays hard. That’s just the style he has. I’m not trying to say this guy’s dirty.”