Onterrio sidelined

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:51 AM ET

Onterrio Smith made a slick, one-handed grab over the middle and then exploded up the gut with a blast of speed.

On the next play, he made a couple cuts and turned on the jets again.

Despite reporting for Winnipeg Blue Bombers training camp 20 pounds overweight, it was easy to see why the former Minnesota Vikings running back is an NFL-calibre talent.

Unfortunately for Smith, his first practice on the first day of his first CFL training camp yesterday ended early with a foot injury.

Smith watched the rest of the first session and the second practice from the bench. It's not known if he'll be on the field today when camp resumes at Canad Inns Stadium.

DAY-TO-DAY

Smith is officially listed as day-to-day with what's believed to be a muscular injury.

"He's been told to stay off the foot, and rest is the key here," said head coach Doug Berry.

Coincidentally, today is the day No. 1 tailback Charles Roberts is supposed to report for training camp. Roberts, who was upset Winnipeg even pursued Smith in the first place, got married on Saturday. The Bombers allowed him to miss Saturday's physicals and yesterday's first full day of practice.

Bomber brass wants Smith on the field as much as possible to get him down to his playing weight of 220 pounds.

The NFL suspended Smith for a year last May when he failed the league's substance abuse policy for the third time, so he hadn't played meaningful football in 16 months until taking part in the Bombers rookie camp last Wednesday through Friday.

In other injury news yesterday, quarterback Mike Quinn sat out the second practice with tenderness in his throwing arm, while wide receiver Chad Rempel watched the workouts because of a hamstring injury he suffered during the rookie camp.


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