WINNIPEG – It was a sight for sore eye for fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Monday.
Receiver Weston Dressler was back on the practice field after sitting out last week’s game and barring a setback he’ll be back in the lineup on Thursday when the Bombers face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Dressler, 31, suffered what was suspected to be a concussion. He left the game in the first quarter of their home opener against the Montreal Alouettes after a violent helmet-on-helmet collision.
“Yeah, I’ve gotten hit hard many times, but you know that’s football.” said Dressler. “Just get up and try to go on to the next play.”
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Dressler was criticized by some for not trying to avoid the hit by getting out of bounds. He said in hindsight, he probably should have just ran to the sidelines to avoid the collision.
“Some people say get out of bounds in that situation. In my eyes at that time, second and long is a bad situation for the team.” Dressler said. “In hindsight, obviously with the injury coming out, might have been better off going out of bounds, but that’s football.”
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Dressler has been cleared by doctors to play this week. He said he’s suffered a concussion before, but that was “a long time ago”.
“I feel like I’ve always been a smart player.” said Dressler. “Sometimes you got to take calculated risks and that’s football. You can’t play scared of getting hit, you can’t play scared at all.”
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