Diedrick kept out, for now

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

The Montreal Alouettes will pay Dahrran Diedrick's full salary this week - but he won't be at Commonwealth Stadium tonight.

After being signed on Monday by the Als, the former Edmonton Eskimo isn't comfortable enough with the playbook to be added to the playing roster.

"The short period of time (he was in Montreal this week) would have hindered anybody from being on our football team," said Montreal head coach Don Matthews yesterday.

So, Diedrick is still in Montreal this morning.

"I'm a little disappointed," he remarked.

"I thought I was going to be on the (playing) roster until the last day (before the team flew to Edmonton)."

However, by at least being added to the 46-man roster, Diedrick is paid full freight for the game, even though he isn't one of the 42 players dressing.

"But he'll definitely be on the (playing roster) next week," said Matthews.

SHORT HIT: Contrary to some speculation, Matthews denies that he used Diedrick for his knowledge of the Edmonton playbook this week.

"I have no idea if (he brought an Edmonton playbook to Montreal), nor did I ever ask him a question about the Eskimos," said the coach.

FINISH LINES: The honeymoon is over for rookie Chip Cox.

After two key interceptions in the first game of the regular season, it appears he won't have a regular role in the Alouette secondary tonight, according to Montreal football insiders.

And although he has blocked two punts this year, the import knows life will get tougher on special teams.

"Guys didn't know how good I could play, but now they know I can - so they are going to start keying on me," said Cox.


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