Warren: gimme the ball, please!

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

Six carries for 14 yards. That's the sum of Antonio Warren's efforts in the first two B.C. Lions' games of 2006. If he doesn't get more chances to carry the ball tonight, he might just show up wearing a Maytag Man uniform next week.

The Lions' running back, a four-year Canadian Football League veteran, has been used sparingly after falling 17 yards short of 1,000 on 205 carries in 2005. Tonight he's expecting substantial chances against the Argonauts. TO's defense is focused on stopping the air game and the Lions' receiving corps has caught the injury bug.

"If I can't get the touches, I can't show people what I can do," Warren said. "If I get the touches I can be creative and play the game like I know how."

Warren can be excused if he has felt a tad neglected. He's playing out the final year of his contract after failing to get an extension during training camp like the ones signed with receiver Geroy Simon and defensive backs Mark Washington and Dante Marsh.


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