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DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

The Bachelor is getting a chance to score with the Montreal Alouettes.

Canadian quarterback Jesse Palmer was back in an Alouettes practice uniform yesterday for the first time since being drafted by the team in 2001.

But don't be surprised if the Nepean, Ont., product is shipped to Ottawa next spring if the nation's capital resurrects its CFL squad for the 2007 season.

The 6-ft. 2-in 225-lb. Palmer signed with the New York Giants in 2001 where he played eight games over four seasons, completing 63 of 120 passes for 562 yards, three TDs and four picks. Palmer went to the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 but was cut two weeks ago.

Als GM Jim Popp said recently Palmer -- best known for his appearance on the U.S. TV show The Bachelor -- would have to spend the 2006 season learning Montreal's offence and would have "little chance to play right away" given the presence of veteran Anthony Calvillo.

The last Canadian quarterback to spend time on a CFL roster was Tom Denison with Calgary in 2004.

The last Canadian QB to start a game was Hamilton native Larry Jusdanis in 1995.

Last season, the previous Ottawa ownership group expressed an interest in luring Palmer north of the border.

NIK'S 'THE PROBLEM': Calgary Stampeders slotback Nik Lewis is more despised by the day in the Edmonton Eskimos' locker-room.

Not only are the Eskimos still upset about Lewis' low block on Kelly Wiltshire that injured the safety Friday night but they're also now denying Lewis' accusation Edmonton has more players who purposefully try to hurt people than any other club.

"I think he's full of (bleep)," Eskimos offensive lineman Joe McGrath told the Edmonton Sun's Jonathan Huntington yesterday.

"It's plain and simple. He deliberately went out and went at Kelly Wiltshire's leg. We just go out there and play tough football. I can see somebody else saying that but coming from Nik Lewis' mouth is just retarded. He's the problem."

ricky almost ready: Toronto Argonauts running back Ricky Williams plans to rejoin teammates at practice following their bye week with an eye on returning to the lineup in Calgary Sept. 23.

That ETA would put him back in the lineup exactly two months after breaking his left arm during a game in Regina.

The 29-year-old was banished from the 2006 NFL season when he lost the appeal on his fourth failed drug test in the spring. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement April 26.

CHARLES IN CHARGE: With 103 yards on 22 carries Sunday against Saskatchewan, shifty Charles Roberts has inched ahead of Calgary's Joffrey Reynolds in the CFL rushing race.

The Bombers' workhorse, last season's rushing king, now has 1,054 yards rushing, the fifth successive season he's eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark.

Reynolds, who had 44 yards on nine carries in Edmonton, is second at 1,013. His 6.2-yard average is a full yard better than Roberts and both have five TDs.

Roberts claimed the 2005 rushing crown with 1,624 yards, 171 better than Reynolds.

POINTS AFTER: Edmonton's win over Calgary Friday coupled with Saskatchewan's loss Sunday in Winnipeg leaves the Eskimos just four points back of the Green and White with a pair of contests between the West rivals slated down the stretch. Look for the season finale in Edmonton Oct. 27 to decide both team's fate ... Former Stampeders guard Bobby Singh is out with a torn rotator cuff and may be facing season-ending surgery ... Roughriders head coach Danny Barrett is 0-6 in video-replay challenges after asking for a review of Milt Stegall's TD Sunday ... The Toronto Argos have allowed just two offensive touchdowns in the last 20 quarters after shutting out the Hamilton Tiger-Cats the past two games. Toronto has allowed just 38 points in five games (7.7 points per contest).


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