Ex-Blue Johnson enjoying chance

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Riall Johnson has a good chance to go out on top.

The Canadian defensive end, whom the Bombers traded to Montreal last month as part of the Ricky Santos deal, said he will likely call it a career after this season.

"Playing defensive end at my size has just been too tough on my body," Johnson said yesterday. "My feet are just telling me to stop. I can't push around 300-pound men anymore."

Johnson, who is in a backup and special teams role in Montreal, joined an Alouettes squad that is 13-2 and has locked up first place in the East Division. As a result, they are one win from the Grey Cup.

Johnson finished first in the East with the Argos in 2005 and 2007, but both times they lost the division final at home. They also dropped the 2006 division final to the Alouettes in Montreal.

"I don't want to jinx it," he said, "but this is a great opportunity."

Johnson, 31, said he is glad the Bombers are playing better, because they were 3-8 when they sent him packing.


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