McGriggs may miss T.O. trip

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

It was his finest hour of the young season.

But his second injury in as many weeks may keep veteran import linebacker Lamar McGriggs out of the lineup when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers travel to Toronto to take on the Argos on Monday.

"Lamar McGriggs had a pectoral injury last week and a burner the week before," Bomber head coach Jim Daley said yesterday. "He's a little bit questionable."

If McGriggs cannot play, he would be replaced by former B.C. Lions linebacker Ron Ockimey, who has been awaiting his turn since training camp.

McGriggs had recorded four defensive tackles in the first quarter alone during Winnipeg's 51-46 win over the Montreal Alouettes on Friday.

"This was Lamar's best game and that was really good to see because he's been playing really well on defence but, we wanted to see more out of him on special teams and he delivered," Daley said. "And he will get better. He needs to. We need our linebackers to be great on special teams, and Lamar had a very good football game."

McGriggs also had two special teams tackles and kept playing special teams even after suffering the pectoral injury. Neil McKinlay, a non-import, replaced McGriggs on defence for most of the fourth quarter.

"He's filled in admirably," Daley said. "He's been a very good player for us on defence and an outstanding player for us on special teams."

MLB CONTROVERSY: Daley should also find out this week whether middle linebacker Ryland Wickman (elbow) is healthy enough to return. If so, he would then have to choose between Wickman and Willie Fells, who had an outstanding game in his place versus Montreal.

"We'll play the player who has the best opportunity to beat Toronto," Daley said. "Part of that will be the healthiest player and the one who's most comfortable in the scheme and the package for this week."

HASHMARKS: When the Bombers return to practice after a three-day break tomorrow, DB Cedric Dickerson will be ready to participate with the regular defence with a small, workable cast to protect his broken hand. However, he is unlikely to play against Toronto ... LS Chris Cvetkovich (concussion) has cleared two stages of protocol for post-concussion procedure. However, Daley is determined not to be caught short an LS again so, you can bet that he'll find a way to get LB Scott Mennie back on the roster ... The club's Women's Football Clinic starts at 6 p.m. tonight. For more info, call Jim Timlick at 784-2583, Ext. 571.


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