Here is another story telling how if Westerman gets suspended it will actually hurt the Redblacks!
The irony of suspending Westerman
BY TIM BAINES, OTTAWA SUN
[b]In a wicked twist of irony, if the CFL does what it should do and punishes Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Jamaal Westerman, it could hurt the Ottawa RedBlacks.
So hurt Westerman by suspending him for hurting RedBlacks quarterback Henry Burris and it could hurt Ottawa's chances of nabbing a home game in the CFL playoffs.
Huh? That's a lot of hurt. And it's a lot of ifs.
First things first. After Burris had already released the ball, a 51-yard touchdown pass to Chris Williams, Westerman came in low and late. Burris went down to the turf clutching his knee. And a big sigh went through RedBlackland. After missing just one play and with the benefit of a halftime rest, Burris returned to play the second half and led his team to a 27-20 win on Sunday.
When asked after the game about the hit, Westerman said: "I didn't do it on purpose. I was happy to see him come back in the second half. I let him know I wasn't trying to do anything malicious. He said he saw the replay, and he saw I was getting hauled down. I'm just happy it wasn't anything major. Even if I was getting pulled down, you still don't want anybody to have any major injuries out there, because I understand how it is to play this game."
A look at the replay might tell a different story. It looked like Westerman ran into Burris without being pulled or pushed in.
"I don't think he was helped into me," said Burris on Wednesday. "I'm a person you uses the justice system the way it should be used, where you're innocent until proven guilty. But after watching the film, I'm pretty sure we all know what the answer is. I'm hoping the league jumps on this matter where they want to protect their players. I know they'll do their job.
"I'm all about the big picture. You hate to see it happen, where (players) are in a defenceless position and players go against the rules and take people out."
There hasn't been a peep out of the CFL, which studies such matters carefully before making a decision. Likely, it's just a fine, a bit of cash out of Westerman's wallet ... or maybe it's a suspension and, with a bye this week, that would fall in a game where the Blue Bombers face the Toronto Argos next Friday. If the Argos win in B.C. this week, that game against Winnipeg could mean plenty as far as settling the final standings. A Westerman-less Bombers team would be substantially weaker.[/b]
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