Brown still out, Abou-Mechrek returns

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be missing their big man on the defensive line once again, but they're getting another large mass back on the other side of the ball.

Defensive tackle Doug Brown (foot) is expected to miss his third straight game tomorrow night when the Bombers (3-6) battle the Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-6) in a critical Banjo Bowl tilt at Canad Inns Stadium.

However, offensive lineman Mike Abou-Mechrek (concussion) has been cleared to play after sitting out Sunday's 45-26 loss to the Riders.

Brown practised on Wednesday, but he sat out most of yesterday's drills.

"There's some pivot problems still, my open-field running isn't where it needs to be, and in terms of transfer of balance and things like that, it's not there," Brown said.

"It would be nice to participate, but at what cost?"

Bombers head coach Jim Daley said the 6-foot-7, 302-pound Brown could be added to the roster today, but it's unlikely.

CH-CHANGES: Coming off the Bomber roster this week are CB Omar Evans (neck), DB Boyd Barrett (turf toe), OL Cory Annett and SB Darnell McDonald.

It's believed Brad Franklin will replace Evans at cornerback and newcomer Syniker Taylor will take Franklin's halfback spot.

DB Justin Coleman will stay at his halfback spot, and DB Stanford Samuels will remain the dime back, which means another newcomer, DB Santino Hall, won't get to play against his former team.

"... We already have two changes in the secondary. I'd like not to make a third one," Daley said.

DB John Sullivan will make his CFL debut in place of Barrett, and special teams star LB Ron Ockimey will take McDonald's roster spot.

Annett is coming off for Abou-Mechrek.

LATE HITS: Bombers DE Gavin Walls yesterday was named the first runner-up for lineman of the month in August ... CBC will broadcast tomorrow's game without announcers, but a local blackout is in effect. ... The Bombers are being quiet about how Banjo Bowl ticket sales are going. The only person allowed to speak on the matter -- CEO Lyle Bauer -- said it will be the largest crowd of the season (the previous high was 26,595 on Aug. 19), but he added that good seats are still available.


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