Fresh Gordon earns start

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

It appears Robert Gordon has won another practice battle.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Jim Daley said earlier in the week that Gordon, a 13-year veteran, was battling newcomer Hugh Smith for one of the two starting wide receiver spots.

Healthy scratch

Gordon, who has been a healthy scratch five times this season despite catching nine balls for 125 yards in Week 2, took most of the reps yesterday, so it looks like he will get the nod.

"It shouldn't have to be like that, but that's cool," Gordon said of the competition. "I'm fresh, I was out there playing and I had great practices. I just want to win.

"I know I want the Grey Cup more than anybody in here. That's what I play for."

The Bombers must win their remaining two games -- at Edmonton on Sunday and versus Calgary next Friday -- to qualify for the post-season.

"I've missed the last couple (playoffs), so I'm motivated," said Gordon, whose one catch for 12 yards against Hamilton on Oct. 8 came on the last play of the game. "I don't think you can get anything better than having a fresh Robert Gordon in the cold weather. That's a plus.

"I feel great and I just want to get out there and make plays. This is like a playoff game, so I think it'd be good to have me in there."

Gordon was asked if he was ready for Sunday's massive match.

"I don't know. I'm pretty beat from playing all year," he deadpanned.

DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE BLING BLING: If winning doesn't motivate the Bombers to win their last two games, maybe the cold hard cash that come with it will.

"If you want to buy those special presents for your wives and your kids for Christmas, you better go out there and perform," slotback Milt Stegall said.

HELPING OUT: Bombers DB Tim Carter hasn't played a single game this season because of elbow surgery, but he's still attending meetings and practices.

Carter probably could have just done rehab, but he felt he owed something to the team because they took care of him so well after he re-injured his elbow.

He keeps busy during practices by announcing down and distance during drills.

"The team was real loyal during the time of my injury, flying me here and flying me there to get second opinions," said Carter, who will become a CFL free agent in February. "That was real loyal. I figured I could stick around and help out, and I love being around football, so I offered.

"And it's not like the cost of living up here is high, so it wasn't killing me to stay."


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