Talkin' trash

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

Kelly Campbell's mouth works just as good as his hands.

The leading receiver for the Edmonton Eskimos through three weeks of the regular season, Campbell is also getting involved in the trash talking game.

The rookie started yapping at Toronto's Kenny Wheaton and Jonathan Brown in last Thursday's game - and expects it to continue on the field this Sunday when the teams meet in the rematch at Rogers Centre.

"They try to talk trash to you and get you off your game. But I am a trash talker," said Campbell, who is relatively quiet and polite off the field. "It will never take me out of my game. I continue to make plays."

The trash talking started after Campbell was belted in last Thursday's 47-28 Edmonton win at Commonwealth Stadium.

"I didn't really understand where (the trash talk in the last game) came from. Number 30 (Wheaton) made a good hit on me in the earlier part of the game and I felt I started to make some more plays down the field - they were getting a little perturbed about it," said Campbell.

Wheaton is a physical defensive back for the Argos.

Yapping between him and a receiver is nothing to really write home about.

But Campbell getting into it with Brown - a six-foot-four, 261-pound defensive end - caught some attention within the club.

"That is what makes it more exciting - a little guy like me taking on a big guy," quipped Campbell, who is five-foot-11 and 170 pounds. "I tell guys all the time: If I am going to war in a fight, give me the biggest guy. Don't give me the guy that is my size. I need something to talk about."

QUICK HIT: Edmonton defensive back Lenny Williams - who is on the nine-game injury list - had surgery last Friday to repair a detached pectoral muscle.

Dr. David Reid handled the surgery and has sent Williams into a lengthy rehab assignment.

"He said (the surgery) went well," said Williams on Dr. Reid's early assessment. "It is feeling a whole lot better, already."

Williams is hoping to make it back on the field in eight weeks. The defensive halfback suffered the injury on July 3 when Calgary receiver Ken-Yon Rambo's foot got tangled in one of his shoulder pads.

It was that injury that allowed Tristan Jackson to start in the secondary last week. Jackson took an 89-yard interception return to the end zone in last Thursday's game against Toronto.

FINISH LINES: It took five years, but Mathieu Bertrand finally has his first regular-season rushing touchdown as an Eskimo.

The moment came in last Thursday's win against Toronto when the fullback rumbled over the goal line on a three-yard run.

"Last year with Jacques Chapdelaine's (offensive) system it was no fullback run (near the goal line)," Bertrand remarked. "It was always a quarterback sneak."

PARTING SHOT: A quarterback in college (Laval University), Bertrand further proved his versatility in practice yesterday by nailing a 35-yard field goal.


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