Bombers Bryant Turner recounts 'scary' trip to hospital

Bombers Bryant Turner had such a good game he was named CFL defensive player of the week, but he...

Bombers Bryant Turner had such a good game he was named CFL defensive player of the week, but he left the game on a stretcher and spent a night in hospital with breathing difficulties

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:27 PM ET

He’d just registered his third quarterback sack of the game, forcing a fumble that clinched a victory in the last minute.

That calls for the mother of all sack dances, right?

Instead, Blue Bombers defensive tackle Bryant Turner was having trouble breathing, and the next thing he knew he was on a stretcher, wearing an oxygen mask and headed for a Montreal hospital.

“It was pretty scary,” Turner said, Tuesday, his first comments since being hurt against the Alouettes, last Thursday. “It was hard to catch your breath. That was a pretty important thing I needed right then.

“They got me on oxygen. They were basically doing precautionary things. Took me to the hospital to get everything checked out.”

An EKG led to further tests on his heart, and Turner had to spend the night in hospital, mostly waiting for a cardiologist.

But in the end the 25-year-old was deemed OK, other than the strained ligaments in his chest.


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