Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 08/28/2014 2:40 PM | Comments: 0
Drew Willy took a shot on his throwing hand near the end of Winnipeg Blue Bombers practice on Thursday, causing everyone in blue and gold to hold their collective breath for a moment.
Including head coach Mike O’Shea.
"He got his hand caught up in another player," said O’Shea. "I just talked to him, he said he’s good."
O’Shea said Willy, the Bombers’ starting quarterback and THE spark to their turnaround so far this season, will be good to go for this Sunday’s annual Labour Day Classic against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The knock on Willy’s hand came in the dying moments of practice when an attempted pass was battled down by defender Don Unamba, who was blitzing on the play and came into the quarterback’s throwing lane. Willy immediately dropped to the turf and could be seen clutching his throwing hand. He was looked at by head athletic therapist Al Couture but did not leave the field and huddled with his teammates at the end of practice.
Asked if witnessing his starting QB go down led to an ‘Oh crap…’ moment, O’Shea said:
"I wish I was that polite. It’s practice. Things happen in practice. I’m glad he’s feeling better or will be fine. But, yeah, there’s a moment there where you assess the situation and I’m trying to run through my head what we would normally do because I don’t normally differentiate between quarterbacks and anybody else… but I realize now I probably have to.
"There was a part of me that said, ‘Move the drill (keep going from a different spot away from the injured player) because that’s what you do as a defensive guy. I’ve heard that so many times. And then you realize, ‘Hey, that’s your starting quarterback.’
"I wandered over. I took a look. The finger was still attached, so…"
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
New names, same Bombers
Pity the young Bomber fans
Willy should bring mattress to work
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. B.C. Lions - October 25, 2014
New names, same Bombers
Twice as nice: Lewis the running back joins Lewis the kick returner
All-Time Blue Bombers Team sees Leo Lewis cloned to play 2 positions
Bombers prepare for Saturday's crucial game against B.C. Lions
Miller: No need to upgrade IGF's tight security
This Week in the CFL -- Week 18
Blue honour larger-than-life legend Grant
Bombers unveil statue of legendary coach Bud Grant
Blue consider plan to rush import Wilson into lineup
Blue delighted with state of Denmark
Bombers offensive line uncertain heading into must-win game against B.C.
Willy ready to lead Blue into battle
Drew Willy back at practice, cheering up Coach O'Shea
Ticats sign running back Nic Grigsby
Willy can throw, so Willy will go
It's show-and-sell time for Bomber QBs
Bombers will hand offence controls back over to Willy for matchup with B.C. Lions
From Blink to the Sheriff, these five running backs earned their place in Bomber history
Slippery Marve best QB for Blue's awful O-line
Bombers don't stand a chance
Tiny consolation for Blue, fans
Same old losing stench