Bombers dominate awards

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 6:56 AM ET

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Charles Roberts and Keith Stokes are basking in the glory -- and feeling the pain -- of being named CFL players of the week. Roberts, who was named the league's offensive player of the week for the second straight time yesterday, missed practice because he was having tests done on a sore shoulder.

The injury isn't considered serious.

"It looks like he's fine," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said. "There's nothing there that's a concern. And hopefully he'll be back practising (today)."

Roberts had a career-high 30 carries for 154 yards and three touchdowns Saturday in a 44-34 win over the Toronto Argonauts. That occurred six days after he dashed 22 times for a season-high 159 yards and had two touchdowns, including one through the air, in a 27-24 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

TAKE SOME HITS

"When you carry the ball 30 times, you take some hits," Daley said.

"We have to be a little careful of that, but I don't think he is a problem for this weekend."

The Bombers, who are 6-7 and on a three-game winning streak, visit the East Division-leading Montreal Alouettes (11-1) on Saturday.

Stokes, meanwhile, was named the loop's special teams player of the week for the third time this season. His 108-yard kickoff return touchdown against the Argos, which occurred as time ran out in the first half, turned the tide for the Bombers.

Stokes practised yesterday, but he was limping a bit on his sore left ankle and had his foot in a cooler full of ice in the locker-room following the workout.

"It's feeling a lot better," he said.

Stokes took the modest route when asked what it meant to win the award for the third time in just 14 weeks.

"Honestly I don't even think about that," said Stokes, who was also the special teams player of the month for August. "It's a good accomplishment, but I guess it's kind of sad that I'm the one getting it and not the other 11 guys out there, because I can't do it without them."

Daley was proud of his players, but he said they aren't the only reason the Bombers are cruising along on three-game winning streak.

"Keith's ability to make a play, such as Saturday when there's no time on the clock and he makes a 108-yard return, is unbelievable," Daley said. "Charlie's ability to pound the ball at 160 pounds for 30 times, is unbelievable.

"We have guys who are fighting hard to make plays, and that's on both sides of the ball. Those two guys, because of the nature of their positions, of course get a lot of extra attention, and deservedly so.

"But we have a lot of guys you could look at and say are MVP. We're not even concerned about that."


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