Missed clothesline on Blink irks Daley

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

A year ago, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost an important game when Keith Stokes fumbled the ball away after he was illegally clotheslined, an infraction the officials blatantly ignored.

Although CFL officials later admitted the above oversight after the fact, the Bombers could have lost tailback Charles Roberts, arguably their MVP this season, when he was clotheslined during a two-point convert attempt against Ottawa on Friday.

"Did you see that?" Bomber head coach Jim Daley asked incredulously yesterday. "There's going to be a lot of collisions on the football field when backs are trying to release. There was one the other night, which was unfortunately missed by the official in terms of a clothesline, when Charlie was releasing out of the backfield down on the goal-line during the two-point play."

Roberts, in fact, was incensed by the way Ottawa defenders took liberties with the way they treated him.

"Certainly, Charlie gets more than his share of collisions when he's trying to release as a receiver," Daley said. "I think they are just so paranoid about him eluding them that they are very anxious about it. It's not easy trying to get a hold of Charlie in space so it may give the appearance they are more intense on doing it."

But Daley is amazed at the 5-foot-6, 171-pound scatback's durability.

"He is a very durable, tough back and for a man his size to take the hits he does and never, never miss is unbelievable," he said.

INJURY UPDATE: DT Doug Brown will be wearing a new insert in his shoe, which could allow him to return to action this week.

"Apparently, that will help support this region where there is a ligament strain," said an optimistic Daley.

DE Tom Canada (ankle), SB Milt Stegall (thumb) and WR Gilles Colon (abdomen strain) should also be able to play against the Alouettes in Montreal on Sunday.

Daley, by the way, has asked GM Brendan Taman to bring in another receiver.

DRIVING RAIN: Some friends and family drove from Waterloo, Ont., to Ottawa to see their native son, John Sullivan, play against the Renegades on Friday.

"It was a torrential downpour on the way up," said the backup safety, who led both teams with three special teams tackles. "It took them about seven hours. It's usually only about a 4 1/2-hour drive. It was really bad rain.

"I made some plays on special teams, so I did what I could on kickoff and stuff, and made a couple tackles."


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