Brazzell having tough time holding tongue

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

On several occasions yesterday, Chris Brazzell began a sentence but didn't finish it.

The import receiver, acquired by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Monday for Kamau Peterson, was talking about his tumultuous six-month tenure with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and it's obvious he didn't have a good time.

"I didn't have a problem with anybody in Hamilton, although there are people that don't like each other," Brazzell said. "If you want to say there is somebody ... never mind."

Later, he noted that the locker-room atmosphere is much better in Winnipeg than it is in Hamilton.

"I'd rather be around a team like this," he said. "If you're gonna pout about it, you pout about it at home instead of bringing it to the locker-room and people saying this and people commenting on ..."

He stopped once again, obviously trying to not put his foot in his mouth.

Brazzell said he had no problems with offensive coaches Jamie Barresi and Paul LaPolice, but nowhere in there did he mention head coach Greg Marshall.

Brazzell added that tonight's game against his old team won't give him an opportunity to say 'I told you so' to Marshall and the Ticats.

"No," Brazzell said. "I gotta let the whole year go by before I make that comment."

Peterson will play primarily on special teams tonight and serve as a backup receiver. His tone wasn't nearly as inflammatory.

"It'll work out well for both teams," Peterson said of the deal. "They're getting a good player, and I feel like Hamilton's getting a good player."

ROSTER MOVES: The Bombers have made three changes for tonight's game.

LB Ron Ockimey replaces LB Willie Fells, Brazzell takes WR Vinny Sutherland's spot, and DT Martin Lapostolle fills Peterson's vacancy.

Keith Stokes, who was Winnipeg's top receiver last week in Calgary, and Jamie Stoddard will split slotback duties opposite Milt Stegall, while Brazzell and Gilles Colon will fill the wideout spots.

Ockimey will serve as a special teamer and backup linebacker.

The Ticats, meanwhile, inserted SB Steve Suter, LB Tony White and Peterson, and removed WR Hugh Smith, DE Hakeem Kashama and Brazzell.

LATE HITS: As of 1 p.m. yesterday, approximately 21,000 tickets had been sold for tonight's game ... The Ticats play in B.C. next Friday, so they will stay in Winnipeg and practise until leaving for Vancouver on Thursday morning ... Bombers RB Charles Roberts needs 121 rushing yards tonight to move past Gerry James and into third place on the Bombers' all-time list ... Bombers third-string QB Tee Martin missed yesterday's walk-through because of the flu.


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