Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Johnny Sears will try to defend his hit on Steven Jyles to the Canadian Football League today, but in the court of the Toronto Argonauts he has already been found guilty.
Argo players didn’t hold back in expressing their disapproval of Sears’ hit, which knocked Jyles out of Friday’s game in Winnipeg. Sears delivered a head-first shot to Jyles’ head as the Argo quarterback slid feet-first after a 12-yard gain in a 27-22 victory.
Jyles, who is still being assessed for a possible concussion and sat out practice yesterday, called the hit “dirty.”
“Getting hit is a part of the game,” Jyles said. “What this guy did is dirty.
“He didn’t, not once, come to apologize or say ‘Hey, man I didn’t mean to do that.’ Not once, so I took it that he intended to do it.”
“I’ll never have any respect for that guy, never, as long as he’s playing in this league. I put it behind me, but as far as that guy himself, I don’t even want to say his name.”
Linebacker Jason Pottinger, who was ejected from the game along with Sears for leaving the bench, called it a dirty hit and noted that regardless of intent it is illegal for a tackler to lead with his head.
Pottinger didn’t back off when asked if the incident is over.
“It’s over for this year,” he said. “Any retaliation will be 100 per cent within the rulebook because we’re not the type of team that’s going to take any cheap shots.
“Just tell him to keep his head on a swivel. A legit hit within the rulebook may come.”