Pair threatens to unseat DE Canada

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:19 PM ET

It was not until late in the third game of the 2005 CFL season that Tom Canada finally recorded his first quarterback sack of the year.

"I got one but it's tough," the frustrated Blue Bombers import defensive end said after sacking Calgary quarterback Henry Burris. "You've got to work pretty hard to get back there. You just keep working and hopefully, it works out in the end."

'MORE PRODUCTION'

But with import defensive ends Gavin Walls and Antwone Young playing so well rotating on the other side, Canada had better start busting out soon.

"I would say Tom's game is not at the same level as what it was last year (when he had seven sacks) and it's got to get there fast because we need him to play great football," said Winnipeg head coach Jim Daley. "He's played hard but I think we need a little more production out of him.

"The way the other two are playing, they're going to force us to make a decision at the two end spots. They're playing good football."

STOKES QUESTIONABLE: Bomber kick returner Keith Stokes suffered an ankle sprain while defensive back Justin Coleman experienced a foot sprain in the game against Calgary. Although the initial indications were that both should be able to suit up for Friday night's game against the Eskimos in Edmonton, Daley hedged his bets.

"The most questionable injury would be Keith Stokes' ankle, given the nature of his position, and Coleman's foot, given the nature of his position," he said.

'HE WAS GOOD'

Veteran slotback Milt Stegall (concussion) is expected to return when the Bombers play in Edmonton on Friday. But he may have to replace import receiver Vinny Sutherland, whom Daley would prefer to keep in the lineup.

Daley must also decide whether to keep going with two imports at offensive tackle with tackle Dave Mudge converted to left guard.

Daley, by the way, praised right guard Mike Abou-Mechrek.

"He really had a good game," he said. "He was very physical and he brought a real mean streak to the game. He was good."

HASHMARKS: Daley has been given no indication that injured QB Kevin Glenn (high ankle sprain) is even ready to practise this week, meaning that Tee Martin will get his third straight start ... New DB Brad Franklin "played a little tentatively" in his first start as he was learning the defensive schemes on the fly, Daley said ... The ever-popular women's football clinic returns to Canad Inns Stadium on July 26. For more info, call the Bombers at 784-2583, extension 0 and ask for Carol. Or register online at www.bluebombers.com.


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