Ticats not looking to trade Bruce

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:00 PM ET

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are not looking to trade receiver Arland Bruce.

So says Bob O’Billovich, team boss in charge of body parts.

On the other hand, he admits people talk all the time.

Other teams call. They talk about all kinds of players. Maybe even guys named Bruce, who missed Tuesday’s practice after also taking himself out of Friday’s win over Montreal.

Both O’Billovich and head coach Marcel Bellefeuille indicated Bruce isn’t expected to play this weekend against Calgary. Bellefeuille said Bruce couldn’t attend practice because he was busy with a “medical appointment”.

Bruce is said to be bothered by a knee problem. He has rarely been targetted and when he was on Friday, he dropped a 16-yard pass that would’ve put the Ticats in field goal range. He also dropped a third-quarter pass. In any case, he has been displaced as the club’s primary receiver by Chris Williams, Maurice Mann and David Stala, who Tuesday was named the CFL’s outstanding Canadian of the week.

Stala had five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Bruce, after a 1,300-yard season in 2010, has just 104 yards on nine catches this year. All of which combined, is just feeding the trade speculation.


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