BC Lions blitzing linebacker Reddick not going to Montreal

Anthony Reddick had a great seat for a football game, but an uneasy feeling during the last outing for the Lions.

The feeling might be the same this week, but the view will be a lot different.

The hidden gem of a blitzing line-backer did not participate in practice again Tuesday, and as that was the second session in a row his hip pointer has given him an issue, Reddick was essentially told he will not be with the Lions when they travel to meet the Montreal Alouettes.

The injury became a huge problem for the Lions last week when it flared up during the warm-up for their game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Reddick tried to play but was scratched just before game time, and the Lions played a man short.

Coach Mike Benevides said the situation was unavoidable, but there were others in the organization not quite so tolerant, as an earlier diagnosis of the situation could have resulted in a fully-stocked 42-man roster.

"First time that's ever happened," Reddick said Tuesday.

"Somehow my leg started hurting. My mind wanted to play, but physically I couldn't go."

The Lions will take import Joshua Bell and leave Reddick at home, hoping to be ready for the Montreal rematch Sept. 8.

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