Lions prepare for Alouettes

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

Maybe you'll see Dave Dickenson start Saturday night at B.C. Place Stadium, but you won't see Bobby Singh battle the Montreal Alouettes.

Dickenson re-sprained his right ankle in the Sept. 1 win at Montreal. He wore an ankle brace when he practiced yesterday in Whalley and said he's hopeful that he'll open this weekend's game against the slumping Als.

"Dave looks great, he threw a ball [Monday] that was 60 to 70 yards in the air," said slotback Jason Clermont. "We looked back and thought it was Jarious [Jackson] that threw it, but Dave is obviously able to put some pressure on that foot and release the ball."

The offensive line will again be without guard Singh. The veteran practiced with the team yesterday, taking reps for the first time in a month. He won't play Saturday because of a shoulder muscle tear that will require off-season surgery. Sherko Haji-Rasouli is poised to start.

"It's going to linger all year, but I feel about 90 per cent," Singh said.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Football League's trade deadline comes Sept. 19. Lions' head coach and general manager Wally Buono isn't in the market.

"We're not seeking trades," Buono said. "If somebody calls us on what we were discussing two or three weeks ago, we'll listen. Other than that, we're very comfortable with our team."


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