Being stuck on practice roster frustrating: Daley

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

Gee, some guys just cannot get by on two grand a month.

That is why certain CFL players, such as Winnipeg defensive back Justin Coleman, quit when they get lodged on the practice roster.

In the CFL, most practice roster players are paid $500 a week, equal to $24,000 a year. But many are embarrassed to be stuck in that financial situation.

"Practice-roster pay in Canada is very hard to live on and players get frustrated with being inactive, understandably so, because players want to play," Blue Bombers head coach Jim Daley said yesterday. "That's how they earn a living and that's how they develop their skills. I understand (Coleman's) frustration, it certainly doesn't upset me. I'm disappointed to lose a good player but I understand totally why he can't stay."

While others on the practice roster have been agitating to play, too, Daley does not expect a mass exodus to follow Coleman out the door.

"I don't worry about it," Daley said. "I hope others don't feel the same degree of frustration but I understand if they do. We just hope guys have the patience and commitment to ride it out and wait for their chance to get back on."

COLON OUT? WR Gilles Colon, who has been bothered by a hip flexor, went down in yesterday's practice and is now doubtful to play the Alouettes in Montreal on Sunday. If so, Jamie Stoddard would start and Patrick Thibeault would replace Colon on the roster ... DL Doug Brown (foot) should be able to return after missing the last four games ... DB Boyd Barrett (turf toe) remains doubtful to return.

EYE-OK: The surgery to repair the detached retina in his left eye has been deemed a success, Bomber receiver Chad Rempel said.

"I just had a little blurry spot and I didn't think it was going to be a big deal," said Rempel, 24. "But it blew me when he (doctor) said we'll have a little surgery and it just happened so fast. So yeah, originally, I was worried but he was confident that I would be able to play again. It was good to hear that. I'm excited. I'll be training super hard. I know there are a lot of areas I can improve upon this off-season."

Rempel does not need to wear a patch and the vision is returning ahead of schedule.

"I'm supposed to keep it open and let it heal itself," said the Sherwood Park, Alta., native. "I have to keep my blood pressure down and any strain off the eye. It takes about six weeks to heal so I'm pretty inactive right now -- just a lot of bed rest and I try to come to meetings to keep my head in it as much as I can and learn."


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