There is a shock value associated with any change in the health of a cornerback who is as durable as Dante Marsh, which is why his rapid departure from practice Monday had the B.C. Lions paying attention and showing concern.
The 11-year veteran immediately removed himself from a drill and was later spotted in street clothes with an ice bag taped to his right leg after an apparent hamstring pull.
Marsh has missed just two games in the last six years, and for that reason he remains a candidate to be in the lineup Friday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. However, coach Mike Benevides knows it is serious when Marsh is out.
“Dante doesn’t do veteran days,” Benevides said. “It does concern me a little bit.”
B.C. immediately switched rookie Ronnie Yell, who had an interception for a touchdown Friday against the Calgary Stampeders, and inserted him in Marsh’s spot, with sophomore Keynan Parker working the wide side of the secondary.
Receiver Courtney Taylor, who was hit from behind Friday, also had limited work at practice but is expected to play, Benevides said.
Meantime, defensive lineman Jabar Westerman was given a small handful of reps and was again not made available to comment on a charge of common assault that will be dealt with at provincial court proceedings Wednesday.
However, Benevides made it seem that Westerman’s future with the Lions is tenuous after a June 29 nightclub incident, in which it is alleged he threw a punch at a bouncer.
“We’ll support him as best as we can, but at the end of it, you can’t do that crap,” said Benevides, who made it clear Westerman’s status for the Hamilton game depends on the outcome in court.
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