Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Stampeders Running Back Jon Cornish Takes Another Hard Hit to Head

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Stampeders Running Back Jon Cornish Takes Another Hard Hit to Head

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Cornish takes another hard hit to head

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CALGARY - The sight of the CFL's star running back bouncing his head off the McMahon Stadium turf and staggering to his feet Saturday was alarming, given Jon Cornish's concussion history this season.

The Calgary Stampeder halfback left the game in the second quarter and did not return in an 18-13 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. On a nine-yard run, Cornish was upended by Blue Bomber defensive back Bruce Johnson.

Cornish's right shoulder hit the turf first and his head snapped down on the ground. The CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 2013 needed assistance getting off the field. Cornish walked to the team clubhouse unaided, but flanked by medical staff.

The 30-year-old from New Westminster, B.C., missed six games in July and August with concussion symptoms. Cornish was knocked unconscious by Montreal's Kyries Hebert in the season-opener.

Cornish told reporters in the Stampeder dressing room following Saturday's game he didn't think his second major knock to his head this season was as serious as the first on June 28.

"I knew I was concussed after that," Cornish said. "I was not at the same level I'm at now.

"I guess I got upended, another guy going for my knees as always and my head contacted the ground on the right side," he continued.

"When you hit it on the side, that's when you get the balance issue, so when I was getting up, I didn't have much balance so then immediately everybody freaks out.

"Go in, get checked out, no real issues, but as a precautionary measure, they took me out. Like I learned before with concussions, you can't say anything until you've got a few days without symptoms."

Calgary (14-3) closes out the regular season Friday in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions. Whether Cornish will play in the finale is a question mark.

The Stampeders secured first in the West Division with a win in Winnipeg on Oct. …

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