There’s good and bad news when it comes to the status of Riders fullback Scott McHenry.
The team announced on Monday that McHenry suffered a neck injury during Sunday’s game against the B.C. Lions. McHenry was hurt covering a kick-return in the second half, he was able to walk off on his own but did not return. After the game, McHenry was seen in a neck brace leaving the stadium in an ambulance where he was taken to hospital.
Officially, McHenry has been diagnosed with a stable, undisplaced fracture involving the sixth cervical vertebrae.
The good news is McHenry was released from hospital, and is expected to recover, though the team didn’t provide any timeline for that to happen. McHenry also is said to have no neurological symptoms.
McHenry travled back with the team on Monday.
I knew as soon as that hit happened he was likely going to have a vertebrae injury, as I am sure many did. This goes back onto 2 things:
- look at the belt buckle when tackling...head up
- leading with the crown as the ball carrier
I have actually been talking about this most of the season with many friends and felt it was only a matter of time before someone was hurt seriously. This was by no means a dirty hit by either party, but the NFL has taken measures to minimize these injuries and it is time the CFL does to. Leading with the crown is on the rise...huge. You see it several times a game where the runner stoops to waist height leaning forward and charges. It needs to stop! It has always been around, but it seems magnified this year. I see it a few times per game and get frustrated...if the defender contacts crown first it is a penalty...why not when the runner does?
I am only signalling this one out because it was so serious...but this has been waiting to happen. I don't know why there is an increase...is it just how kids are being trained coming up now (brutal), is it a subconscious thing where they know they might draw a flag (no way intentional IMO), something else.
It is time for the league to step in and make a rule change...IMO mid-season, but at minimum at the end of the season. When 2 crowns meet head on, bad things are going to happen.