Cheap shots irk Roberts

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:03 AM ET

The week before, Saskatchewan defensive lineman Nate Davis picked up and tossed Charles Roberts down like he was a bobblehead doll. On Sunday, an unidentified Roughrider defender smacked the 5-foot-6, 171-pound Winnipeg Blue Bomber running back right in the back after he was down and the whistle was blown.

There was no flag on either play.

"They let some things go like I got hit in my back well after the whistle -- in the spine even," Roberts said after the game.

"And the ref was (right there) and they let it go! So, I don't know if they were trying to give the game away and give them an opportunity for me to give up the ball. But something's got to be done about that because they just can't hit me in the back like that well after the whistle's gone.

"They've just got to get that taken care of, man, because someone's going to get hurt."

Bomber GM Brendan Taman concurred.

"I saw him get speared, just like (quarterback) Khari (Jones) got speared by (B.C. linebacker) Otis Floyd (earlier this season)," he said. "Any time you get speared, there should be a penalty. And (the 6-foot-5, 300-pound) Nate Davis smacked him around the week before.

"But those plays happen. He's (Roberts) a tough kid. He's a special player."

Roberts, who wore a visor for the first time Sunday, got the last laugh as he rushed for 159 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown, on 22 carries and added a 10-yard TD catch as Winnipeg edged the Roughriders 27-24.


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