Blink takes the heat

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Charles Roberts moved past Willard Reaves and into second place on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers all-time rushing list yesterday.

However, the man they call Blink is taking the blame for a failed third-down attempt that stalled a promising -- and crucial -- drive in the second quarter with his team leading the Montreal Alouettes 14-10.

The Bombers had gotten to the Als' 34-yard line and were facing a third-and-one. Quarterback Kevin Glenn handed the ball to Roberts, but he was stuffed by Als linebacker Duane Butler.

Seven turnovers

It was only one of seven turnovers Winnipeg committed during its 42-23 loss, but it may have been the most damaging.

"For some reason or another, I didn't believe in the play," Roberts said. "I didn't believe in the hole that was going to be created, and I tried to bounce it outside. I was trying to break it for a touchdown. I was trying to put it away. I took a gamble, went outside and missed it.

"That probably set the tone for us not being able to go for it on third-and-one early in the second half when we had an opportunity.

"I can't do that, and that was totally my fault."

Roberts needed just 10 yards to pass Reaves, but he finished with 150 and has 6,064 in his career. Leo Lewis is No. 1 on the Bombers all-time list with 8,861.

SAY WHAT? Bombers SB Milt Stegall and Alouettes DT Ed Philion had a heated argument on the field after yesterday's game.

"He just said I talk too much and I don't back it up," Stegall said. "That's exactly what he said, and that's the God's honest truth. I promise to God. He said I never show up."

Stegall's numbers beg to differ. The future Hall of Famer is the CFL's all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 121 and was the league's most outstanding player in 2002.

"I don't know if he's dysfunctional or (if it's because) defensive linemen take a lot of shots to the head," Stegall said.

O-LINEMAN DOWN: The Bombers lost right tackle John Feugill early in yesterday's game when he went down with a knee injury.

Feugill doesn't know exactly what happened, but he said it occurred during a collision with Philion.

"I played two more plays and then I was like, 'Something's not right. I gotta get out of here.' If anything, I didn't want to stay in there and get Kevin hurt," Feugill said after the game, his knee in a brace.

"I'm just hoping for the best. I'm a little nervous. I've never dealt with anything like this before."

HOW'S THE FOOT? Bombers DT Doug Brown returned after missing four games with a foot injury.

It wasn't 100% healthy, but it was good enough to get the job done.

"We'll see (how it is) when the drugs wear off (today)," Brown said.

BY THE NUMBERS: SB Keith Stokes was Winnipeg's top receiver yesterday with eight catches for 100 yards ... Montreal P/K Damon Duval booted 40- and 11-yard field goals and added a punt single ... Bombers DE Tom Canada and Brown recovered fumbles yesterday ... The Bombers had seven turnovers, but four of them came late in the game when they were gambling on third downs.


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