August 4, 2012
Brink blunt about head shot
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Alex Brink said what most people were thinking.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback was blunt when asked about a helmet-to-helmet shot from Montreal Alouettes linebacker Rod Davis that occurred in the fourth quarter but didn’t draw a flag.
“I didn’t see it, but it certainly felt like a head-shot. It’s dicey in this league, whether you’re going to get a call or not anyway,” said Brink. “As a young player, maybe I don’t get as much protection as I should.”
Blue Bombers linebacker Jonathan Hefney didn’t like the non-call.
“They called a penalty on us (last week) when we just barely touched the quarterback in the head,” said Hefney. “Our quarterback takes shots all game, so I guess they figure every quarterback can be tough. There’s nothing we can do, as far as officials calling what they call.
“I just figure they have to do a better job when they see a guy get hit in the head, because that’s his health and his family that he’s trying to take care of.”
The Blue Bombers lost another player to injury as safety Brady Browne had to be helped off the field and carted into the dressing room with a left foot injury.
Browne was understandably distraught and seen with crutches afterward.
After missing most of last season with a torn biceps injury, Browne might be out indefinitely again.
“It sucks man, to lose a captain like that,” said Blue Bombers defensive back Jovon Johnson. “He works very hard and is very valuable to this team.”
Linebacker Pierre-Luc Labbe suffered a dislocated right pinkie on special teams but did his best to play through the pain.