Receiver looks to rebound in Winnipeg

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Michael Coleman knew it was time to move on.

The 25-year-old receiver spent the past two seasons on the St. Louis Rams practice roster, but head coach Mike Martz never gave him a chance to play.

"It's sort of like I was chasing a woman and she just never let me get there," Coleman said yesterday. "That's what it feels like. It's time now. I gotta go with a different girl."

That "different girl" is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who showed affection for Coleman for the past year but didn't get to sign him until yesterday.

Actually, it's more like the NFL had a restraining order against Coleman. League rules state a player can spend only two seasons on a practice squad, so when he failed to make the Rams again this summer, he had no other NFL options.

Coleman, who is 6-feet and 190 pounds, was brought in this week as insurance, because Bombers WR Chris Brazzell suffered a leg injury in Monday's win over the B.C. Lions.

Brazzell didn't practise yesterday and probably won't play Sunday against the Toronto Argonauts, so Darnell McDonald will take his spot, and Coleman will learn the CFL game.

Coleman is familiar with Bombers backup QB Russ Michna, because they were both on the Rams practice squad last season. In fact, Michna hit Coleman with a slick, 40-yard touchdown bullet during yesterday's workout.

NEVER ENOUGH: Bombers head coach Jim Daley said you can never have enough non-import offensive linemen, and that's why they signed Marc Parenteau yesterday.

The Ottawa Renegades drafted the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Parenteau in 2003, but he was out of the CFL last season.

The Renegades re-signed the former Boston College star in May, but he struggled in the season opener and was never used again.

Parenteau, 24, wasn't on the Renegades practice roster, so the Bombers don't have to play him on Sunday against the Argos.

BROWN WILL SKIP IT: Bombers DT Doug Brown (foot) looks like he'll return to the lineup this week, and he plans to stop taking advice from SB Milt Stegall.

Brown missed four games in late August and early September with a left foot injury, and he had to sit out Monday's contest with the same tendon trouble in his right foot.

Brown has a theory as to why he's having trouble with his feet.

"I joined the Milt Stegall skipping (rope) program in the season," Brown said, "and I have my own suspicion that 300-pounders aren't supposed to be jumping rope for fitness and footwork in the middle of the season.

"Milt talked me into how beneficial it is for his conditioning and footwork, so I'm blaming it on him."

LATE HIT: WR Gilles Colon (quadriceps) took some reps yesterday, but Scott Robinson remained in Colon's spot on the first-team offence. That suggests Colon will miss his third straight game ... OL Matt Sheridan (arm) and CB William Fields (hip) both got hurt during yesterday's practice and didn't finish the workout ... It appears new LB Joe Tuipala will be waiting at least another week to make his CFL debut.


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