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Fowler dislocates shoulder in Players' qualifier

A bizarre injury marred curler Rob Fowler's victory at the GP Car and Home Players' Championship on Saturday. Fowler was in an extra end during a C-level qualifying match against Calgary's Steve Petryk when his brush split, causing the Brandon, Man., skip to fall hard against the ice.
Rob Fowler, shown here at the 2007 Brier, suffered a dislocated shoulder when his brush split at the Players' Championship. ((Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press))

A bizarre injury marred curler Rob Fowler's victory at the GP Car and Home Players' Championship on Saturday.

Fowler was in an extra end during a C-level qualifying match against Calgary's Steve Petryk when his brush split, causing the Brandon, Man., skip to fall hard against the ice.

Fowler was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder, and third Allan Lyburn made his team's final two shots for the 6-5 win. Fowler will be replaced by Pierre Charette of Gatineau, Que., for the quarter-final draw.

In other men's qualifying matches, Winnipeg's Mike McEwen rallied to beat Edmonton's Rob Schlender 6-5 and Regina's Braeden Moskowy moved on with a 7-5 win over Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

The men's quarter-finals were set for Saturday night.

Edmonton's Kevin Martin and Kevin Koe, world champion Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg, Brier finalist Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont. and world bronze medallist Niklas Edin of Sweden have already earned quarter-final berths.

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