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Cahoon playing hurt?
By Herb Zurkowsky Sat, Nov 28 2009 COMMENTS(2) The Snap
Alouettes slotback Ben Cahoon sheepishly brushed it off when approached by The Snap on Friday. But the veteran has told others he has been playing hurt this season.
The aftermath of a hit to the head midway through the season has left Cahoon with a loss of feeling in some of his fingers. "I'm still having no feeling in my thumbs," he told the Calgary Herald this week. "I have nerve damage and weakness in my arms."
Cahoon, one of the true ambassadors of this game, won't name the culprit, reluctant to tarnish the player's reputation. But he quickly pointed out the hit went unpenalized. He believes the CFL should do more to protect players from blindside blocks delivered by a helmet to the head when they're in a defenceless and susceptible position.
The CFL bans initial contact to the head with a helmet, but there's no penalty for contact to the head with a forearm or shoulder unless it's delivered against the quarterback.
"I'm doing fine," Cahoon claimed. "Better than I was a month ago."