The Canadian Football League feels Ticats linebacker Simoni Lawrence should have been kicked out of the game for his hit on Riders quarterback Zach Collaros, according to TSN reporter Farhan Lalji.
The @CFL now believes that Simoni Lawrence should have been ejected from last night’s game for his hit on Zach Collaros. There is also concern from all sides on the future of the #Riders QB: https://t.co/mTUt8dJ4kf pic.twitter.com/stscMSbokS
— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) June 14, 2019
Collaros took a shoulder to the head from Lawrence on the third play of the CFL season opener. The 30-year-old was down on the field for a couple minutes and walked off under his own power.
As he went to the sidelines, Collaros was visibly upset about the hit. Collaros went through concussion protocol and didn’t pass which was why the Riders pivot remained on the sideline with shoulder pads off and jacket on for the remainder of the game.
Collaros missed four games last season due to concussions.
Saskatchewan’s pivot was on the receiving end of a hard hit from B.C.’s Odell Willis late in the first quarter of Week 20 against the Lions in October last year. Willis was given a roughing the passer penalty on the play and Collaros never returned to action in 2018.
Earlier last season, Collaros was hit by Ottawa Redblacks defensive lineman Avery Ellis under the helmet and caught him under the chin. That drove Collaros from the game as he underwent concussion protocol in Week 2. He returned to action in Week 8.
Collaros sat out three games due to a head injury in 2016 and missed time in 2014 after suffering a concussion while with Hamilton. The Ticats traded Collaros to Saskatchewan in January 2018 and the Riders re-signed him to an incentive-laden deal for the 2019 season.
During the off-season, Collaros said the league wasn’t doing enough for player safety.
It appears – after another head shot – the message has finally been received by the league office.