The Fifth Quarter
The Province's Lowell Ullrich muses on the Lions and CFL
Jimenez awaiting word -- sound familiar?
It just gets better, or worse, for Jason Jimenez.
With most thinking his appeal of a one-game suspension would not go before an arbitrator until next week, word Thursday is that an arbitrator is now in play and could decide Friday whether or not to even allow a hearing.
That puts Jimenez in a position where he could still be out of Sunday's West final for the Lions, which most people thought would not be possible given the protracted nature of appeals and justice in the league in general.
The Lions are starting to sweat, if for no other reason than they must issue a 46-man roster 48 hours in advance of the game and can only assume their starting right tackle will be playing.
And you wonder why some of his teammates were a little ticked when Jimenez went after Anthony Gargiulo.
This is just a guess, but you get the feeling the league is putting on a big push to get something done sooner than later. If the Lions get by Saskatchewan Sunday, Jimenez becomes a front-burner item during Grey Cup week.
Is any of this a big deal? You bet it is. The Lions offensive front is a different unit without him, not just for his loss but the changes elsewhere along the line that would be required. Having Rob Murphy back Sunday is naturally huge, but the Lions gave up seven sacks last game when they had to switch two players after Jimenez was tossed out.
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Published Thursday, November 15, 2007 8:32 PM by L. Ullrich
Filed under: BC Lions