Two Blue honoured

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

Two players were justly rewarded for Winnipeg's biggest offensive outburst of the season.

And that outburst may have eased some tension in the Blue Bomber locker-room.

Bomber tailback Charles (Blink) Roberts got the nod for the CFL's top offensive player of the week while guard Mike Abou-Mechrek took it for top lineman. Roberts rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries as the Bombers beat the Montreal Alouettes 51-46. Abou-Mechrek helped open up the ground game and was a key component on an offensive line that did not surrender a single sack to the Montreal Alouettes.

It was the first time this season that any Bomber offensive player was recognized.

"It's an indication of the games they had as individuals and as the offence had as a unit," Bomber head coach Jim Daley said yesterday. "We had our best offensive game. Obviously, Charlie's very deserving of that and Mike Abou-Medchrek had a great game."

Well-timed, too, as Bomber defensive lineman Doug Brown told The Sun's Kirk Penton on the weekend that there had been some unspoken "internal resentment" between the improving defence and the stagnant offence before the match.

"I'm not aware at all of that dilemma," Daley countered. "We didn't practise that way, we didn't function in the locker-room that way. We didn't see that strain that you're asking about.

"We didn't have either side play well over a long enough stretch for that to develop. It could happen. I've seen that happen. But I don't think we were in that situation."

LB CONUNDRUM: Although both linebackers Ryland Wickman (elbow) and Lamar McGriggs (pectoral muscle) may be well enough to play against the Argonauts in Toronto on Monday, they might still sit that one out.

"We have two (linebackers) with minor nicks and two healthy guys who could play in their place while they get healthy," said Daley, referring to Willie Fells and Ron Ockimey.

"The other thing is, we don't want to be in a situation where we have to go into a game with a guy who might be limited in terms of how many snaps he can take if you have a healthy guy ready to play."

Daley will also consider the fact that the Bombers will only have four days between games next week.

HEAD CASES: Indications are that LS Chris Cvetkovich (concussion) should be ready to return this week. It is the third concussion a Bomber has suffered this season.

"I would hope it's rare," Daley said. "I would hope that we would not have any more and I hope no one else does. I don't know whether they don't have enough air in their helmet or what."

HASHMARKS: Calgary LB George White (defence) and Edmonton KR Tony Tompkins (special teams) were the other CFL players of the week ... Argo SB/KR Arland Bruce III will likely miss tomorrow's game against Montreal with a hip flexor ... Ottawa MLB Keaton Cromartie may be out for the season with torn knee ligaments and the Bombers obviously have an extra MLB ... The Bombers hosted a Women's Football Clinic at the Stadium yesterday.


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