Geroy Simon, seen here in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against the Riders, twice has told Mike Benevides in the last 24 hours he’ll play against Edmonton. Simon’s missed three games in 11 seasons for the Lions. (CP)
The pain threshold of the typical CFL player is more variable than the weather. The good news for the Lions Sunday is that Geroy Simon has no trouble thinking he’ll be good to go against Edmonton Friday despite the fact less than a day ago a bone in his finger was briefly staring him in the face.
A bone in the fourth finger of his left hand had to be relocated as it broke the skin, and Simon had to retire during the Lions’ last-gasp attempt to reverse the 23-20 loss to the Riders Saturday. After the contest, however, and as well as in a conversation Sunday with Mike Benevides, Simon told the Lions he will play and outlined how he will manage the pain that might be associated with playing a game in which you have to catch a thrown football.
Hours later, another decision which will surely effect the outcome of the West Division this year was being made when Calgary Stampeders quarterback Drew Tate told the club he will undergo surgery for a dislocated shoulder. Rather than try to make a return without surgery in another month, Tate is now expected to be out for the year, according to the club, leaving the offence in the hands of veteran Kevin Glenn.
Kierrie Johnson, on the other hand, does not appear to have any options with the Lions other than undergo a surgical procedure where it is expected a plate to stabilize his fractured left forearm will be inserted, providing all goes well in a visit with club doctors today.
Benevides said the call on Johnson’s replacement will be between the two receivers on the 46-man roster, Nick Moore and Courtney Taylor. Johnson, according to the club’s medical staff, is expected to be out a minimum six weeks.