Warren's future with Lions hazy

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

Joe Smith was the busiest running back during B.C. Lions' practice yesterday, fuelling more speculation about whether Antonio Warren will start Friday in Calgary.

"He is a big guy, he hits the crease hard, he reads very well," head coach and general manager Wally Buono said of first-year Lion Smith. "He has a very good change in directions and acceleration."

Mark Nohra and Warren also saw action during the training session in Whalley, but Buono wouldn't offer hints about this week's depth chart.

Warren has only 169 yards on 41 carries for the 2-3 Lions. He's averaging 4.1 yards per carry and scored one touchdown. He didn't sign a contract extension during training camp.

Warren is desperate to return to the form that earned him Canadian Football League offensive player of the week honours with 111 yards rushing and 90 yards receiving when the Lions hosted Calgary last July.

Meanwhile, Buono said he is talking to Dahrran Diedrick, a Jamaican-born, Canadian running back who was cut Monday by the Edmonton Eskimos. The University of Nebraska grad was stuck behind Troy Davis on the Eskimos' depth chart.

"He's a good football player, he's on the market," Buono said. "I'm not doing my job if I don't talk to him and ask him 'what's up?'"


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