TSN was quick to notice that Jaelon Acklin left the game with an injury, but they totally missed the play on which he was injured.
They speculated on the cause of the injury, but they got it wrong.
We didn’t actually witness the injury in the stadium, because it turns out that he was injured on a Cameron Marshall run to the opposite side of the field; this happened a few minutes into the 2nd Q. But in the stadium, we did notice that he was down on the turf following the play. And we noticed when he was escorted to the sidelines.
It was not until we watched the TSN broadcast that we noticed that he was injured on a dirty helmet to helmet hit administered by Shaquille Richardson ( #1 ). As I mentioned, the injury happened on a running play to the opposite side of the field. Acklin was basically watching the play and walking parallel to the line of scrimmage and Richardson came downfield and delivered a vicious hit to Acklin, who had no idea what was coming.
During the TSN broadcast, while discussing the injury, Matthew Scianitti correctly pointed out that there had been a lot of trash talk going on between Acklin and the Toronto DB’s, but somehow TSN totally missed this play. They showed a replay of a previous Acklin reception, with a fairly benign tackle. The actual play where he was injured was never replayed - but the dirty hit was captured at the bottom of the screen during the live action.
So, I have a question about this:
Q1: I cannot say that Shaquille Richardson intended to injure Acklin, but he definitely intended to deliver a message to a defenseless receiver. And it was definitely a deliberate helmet to helmet collision to the side of Acklin’s head. Given the fact that Toronto’s season is over (Richardson’s season is over), and there is no guarantee that he will ever play another game in the CFL, what recourse does the CFL have in terms of doling out a suspension or some other form of punishment ??
While I am at it, I have a very different question about another player that suffered a concussion during this game.
Q2: Kennan Gilchrist (#54) was knocked out cold when he suffered a brutal head first collision with his own player Freddie Bishop III (#56). The Argos’ training staff managed to wake him up, and he staggered off the field (I believe near the end of the 3rd Q, but I do not recall exactly). My question is similar to the previous question. Now that Toronto’s season is over, and they have cleared out their lockers, what sort of medical attention would Gilchrist get from the Argos’ medical staff, as he recovers from that brutal collision ??