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Ticats linebacker Simoni Lawrence expressed remorse for his controversial hit on former teammate and Riders quarterback Zach Collaros.

“It wasn’t nothing personal about Zach. It’s just it’s hard to stop when you’re running full speed. I love Zach to death. I feel really bad about it and it wasn’t intentional. Prayers to him and his family. So I just want to let that be said,” Lawrence told TSN reporter Matthew Scianitti.

On the third play of the CFL season-opener, Collaros took off up the middle, crossed the line of scrimmage and Lawrence hit him on the head with his shoulder. Collaros went through concussion protocol and didn’t return to the game. The 30-year-old linebacker doesn’t have any prior record of being fined or suspended during his eight-year career.

“I’m just running, I saw him break the pocket and I was running my fastest I could and just me knowing Zach how he’s a competitor, I thought he was going to try to do something, try to juke me or something, but he slid the last second and I wasn’t able to jump over him because I was already going in for a tackle,” Lawrence said.

“And I just feel bad about it because I know how hard he worked to get back into the CFL and play at a high level. Of course, I feel super bad about it. I know I have to give him time to cool off but it wasn’t intentional and I’m super sorry about it.”

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