Fells poses dilemma for Daley

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:05 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are 1-0 with Willie Fells in the lineup and 0-4 without him.

"Maybe I'm the lucky charm, I don't know," Fells said with a smile.

The middle linebacker had a strong outing Friday night when the Bombers stunned the Montreal Alouettes 51-46 at Canad Inns Stadium for their first win of the season.

Fells, playing in place of the injured Ryland Wickman, forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown on special teams, he recovered another fumble on defence and added two tackles.

So, head coach Jim Daley, what happens if Wickman recovers from his elbow injury and is ready to go next Monday afternoon in Toronto against the Argos?

"We're lucky," Daley said. "Wickman played well for us when he was playing. Fells had a great night (Friday) night.

"I have to talk with (trainer) Ross (Hodgkinson) regarding Wick's injury. Wick will assure us he's ready to play, because that's the way he is."

However, Daley said there's little chance that both can be on the roster at the same time.

The Ottawa Renegades are desperately searching for an experienced middle linebacker due to injuries, but Bombers GM Brendan Taman said yesterday they haven't contacted him.

The Bombers don't practise again until Wednesday.

SCARE FOR GLENN: Bombers QB Kevin Glenn was limping in the third quarter of Friday night's game, but the pain didn't last long.

An Alouette fell on the same injured ankle that forced Glenn to miss three games.

"He kind of fell on it the exact same way that I injured it," said Glenn, whose mom, sister and one of his brothers were at Friday's game.

"But it happened and then a play or two later it wore off. I'm fine right now."

HITTIN' ON BEN: Alouettes SB Ben Cahoon must be getting sick of Bombers S Wes Lysack.

In the third quarter Friday night, Lysack absolutely creamed Cahoon from behind after the receiver made a catch. Cahoon fumbled, and the Bombers recovered.

That monster hit happened almost two years to the day that Lysack first introduced himself to Cahoon as a rookie with the Calgary Stampeders.

Cahoon was preparing to make a touchdown catch against the Stamps on July 19, 2003, in Montreal when Lysack broke it up with a thunderous hit.

Cahoon bounced right back up after that one, too.

Lysack said his first hit on Cahoon was much better than Friday's.

"It made this one look like nothing," Lysack said. "But it's up there. It was a big hit."

WAY TOO WIRED: Daley doesn't sleep at all after games, and Friday night was no exception.

"The night after a game is of no value," said Daley, who is still too excited from the action to get some shuteye. "I come in early and watch the tape."

When asked what he was doing at, say, 4:30 Saturday morning, Daley smiled.

"Petting my dog Mac," he said.


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