No one can stop me: Bruce

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

Is that so?

Toronto slotback Arland Bruce III threw down a gauntlet of sorts on the eve of Sunday's CFL East semifinal versus the Blue Bombers.

"The preparation that I do before the season and then, for the season itself, makes me mentally strong," Bruce told the National Post. "So, I can say something that, to you, might sound arrogant or cocky, but to me, it's just telling the truth.

"I am very confident and I know that no one can stop me but me."

The hairs on the necks of the Winnipeg secondary are now standing on end.

"He can tell them whatever he wants," defensive back Anthony Malbrough said yesterday. "He's playing against a bunch of guys over here who are hungry and I feel we've got something to prove, especially since the all-star team came out."

Both Malbrough and Kelly Malveaux will be covering Bruce on Sunday.

"Wherever he goes, it's going to be trouble," Malbrough said. "If he goes to Kelly, it's going to be a good match. He comes to my side, it's going to be a good match. We just basically want to be physical with him, jam him around, don't let him get the big play. We want to make him work hard for his catches and not the little easy catches he was getting last week against Montreal. Not the little dinks and dumps that he turns into 50-60 yards. That's not happening against us."

Bruce, a unanimous selection at all-star, caught 77 passes for 1,370 yards -- second in the CFL -- and 11 touchdowns this season.

BROWN OUT?: Although he jogged with the team, Winnipeg defensive lineman Doug Brown (shoulder) did not practise yesterday and is unlikely to practise today.

"He's not ready to try anything yet," said head coach Doug Berry. "He's still a day-to-day guy. If he comes in (today) and feels significant improvement and is ready to take some reps, we'll do it. If not, we'll wait for the next day and whether he takes reps or not on Day 3, we'll have to make a decision as to whether or not we're going to carry him on the roster."

Brown's status could also become a game-time decision.

"He knows the scheme of the defence and if he's ready to play, we'll put him on the roster," Berry said. "If he can't get it done, there's no sense in having a one-armed bandit out there."

Jon Oosterhuis took most of the reps at Brown's spot during yesterday's workout.

CB Stanford Samuels (ankle) also missed practice and is unlikely to play Sunday.

ARGO EDGE: Berry readily admitted that the Argos have a big edge in playoff experience.

"I'm not going to put a value on that but I know there is a value," he said. "We've got some guys here who have never been in the playoffs, never mind been in a Grey Cup. So, they really don't know what it's all about yet and I'm trying to help them out as much as I can prepping them for that. But until you experience it for yourself, it's just a lot of talk."


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