Blue need to beef up physical game

KIRK PENTON and JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Counting sheep helps you fall asleep.

Counting missed tackles likely will keep Jim Daley up for days.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach and his staff spent yesterday tallying the number of missed tackles their team committed Monday during its 34-27 loss to the Toronto Argos.

As of 2 p.m. yesterday, they were still counting. No doubt Daley and Co. will remind their players of that gruesome total this afternoon when they return to practice.

"You're in the game despite yourself," Daley said. "It's like pulling teeth when you come out and tackle like that.

"Luckily, when we came out in the second half we were much better than in the first half, but we can't afford to take that long to come close to the level of tackling we need to be at."

Daley said there was only so much he could do.

"You're in their ear, you emphasize it, you try to point it out," he said. "There's a point in time where there has to be an ownership in terms of understanding and playing with the physical aggressiveness needed to be a good tackler."

OUCH DEPARTMENT: DB Cedric Dickerson visited the doctor yesterday to determine the severity of his wrist injury.

It's believed he suffered a dislocation and will be out indefinitely.

DB Boyd Barrett, meanwhile, didn't suffer a hamstring pull on Monday as it was originally believed. It turns out his legs were cramping.

Daley said he expects LBs Lamar McGriggs (shoulder) and Ryland Wickman (elbow) to be ready to play Saturday in Calgary. Ron Ockimey and Willie Fells have been playing in their places.

"I would expect (McGriggs and Wickman) are ready to go, and then we'll finalize which pair we can take," Daley said.

QUICK TURNAROUND: After having nine days off before the Toronto game, Winnipeg now has just four days to prepare for the Stampeders.

Daley doesn't plan on working his troops too hard during their two practices this week.

"We will put the emphasis on rest, make sure they get their legs back and recover as much as they can," he said.

LATE HITS: The Bombers are expected to add non-import OL Danny Frame today, according to The Daily News in Halifax. Frame, a former Acadia Axeman, spent the past two seasons with the Argos ... Winnipeg GM Brendan Taman said DB Santino Hall, who was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders yesterday, will be considered for a practice roster spot.


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