Jim Daley is going to try something different this week by actually playing his top special teams player.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach took linebacker Ron Ockimey off the roster for Sunday's game against Saskatchewan, and Roughrider Corey Holmes had an 89-yard punt touchdown in his team's 45-26 win.
Daley isn't going to make the same mistake this weekend when the teams meet again, this time in the Banjo Bowl at Canad Inns Stadium.
"We need Ron Ockimey for his playmaking ability on special teams," Daley said. "... We need to have people on the field who are going to go down and try to corral Holmes. Period. He's too good a returner."
It appears Ockimey will be taking slotback Darnell McDonald's roster spot. McDonald didn't take any reps with the offence during yesterday's practice.
Ockimey, who will also be the emergency dime back since Boyd Barrett is hurt, essentially said "It's about time."
"If you look at what I've done in the three weeks -- prior to last week -- on special teams, I collected like nine tackles, made some real big plays, safeties and stopped some pretty good returners from having good days," he said.
Ockimey is expected to have a few plays at linebacker on Saturday as well.
"I hope," he said. "Defence is where you get paid at."
INJURY UPDATE: DT Doug Brown participated in first-team defensive drills yesterday for the first time since injuring his foot on Aug. 19, but he was limping after most plays.
When asked how the foot was after the workout, Brown gave the "so-so" sign with his hand.
OL Mike Abou-Mechrek (concussion) rode a stationary bike yesterday and felt fine, but he experienced pressure in his head after going for a run.
As a result, he didn't practise much and looks doubtful for Saturday. If that's the case, Dan Gyetvai would make his second straight start.
"It wasn't an easy replacement," Daley said. "Dan struggled more than we anticipated, and we hope that if he plays this week that's not repeated."
CB Omar Evans (neck) and Barrett (turf toe) didn't practise, either. Barrett definitely won't play Saturday and will be replaced on the roster by S John Sullivan.
BABY TALK: Folks are still crying foul over a play from Sunday's game in which Bombers SB Milt Stegall appeared to make a touchdown catch, only to have it waved off by the officials.
CFL director of officiating George Black put an explanation as to why the pass was ruled incomplete on the CFL's website, and yesterday a reporter showed it to Stegall.
Apparently, the CFL's all-time leader in touchdown receptions wasn't satisfied with Black's rationale, in which he said Stegall didn't hold on to the ball long enough for it to be a catch.
"My son could be the head of CFL officials," Stegall said.