Onterrio cools his heels

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

The only moves Onterrio Smith made yesterday were from the middle of the bench to the end of the bench.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back watched all four hours of training camp yesterday while nursing his injured left foot.

Smith suffered the affliction to the ball of his foot on Sunday during the first practice of main training camp and sat out the second session as well.

Smith's status is listed as day-to-day, and head coach Doug Berry said he had heard nothing new about the injury.

ESPN was planning to have a crew at practice today to do a story on Smith, who's currently suspended by the NFL, but it shelved those plans because he isn't expected to practise.

In other injury news, quarterback Mike Quinn (arm) didn't throw any passes, while LB Ron Ockimey (knee) and WR Chad Rempel (hamstring) both sat out for the second straight day.

BERRY GOOD: Even though he's been an offensive assistant his entire career, Berry still knows a thing or two about defences.

He did, after all, help Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo torch many of them across the CFL over the past few seasons.

That's why the first-time head coach isn't afraid to step in and give some tips to the defensive backs, which he did on a few occasions yesterday.

"I'm talking to the DBs, telling them what they might be doing in giving something away to the offence," said Berry. "If they're giving it away to me, they're giving it away to the opposing quarterbacks."

LATE HITS: In case you missed it in the news section, Bombers GM Brendan Taman hopes to sign an import kicker today and have him in camp tomorrow. Taman needs someone to challenge placekicker/punter Troy Westwood after Duncan O'Mahony went missing over the weekend and failed to show up for camp ... Bombers offensive lineman Mike Abou-Mechrek provided the comic relief during yesterday's second practice. After heading upfield to provide blocking on a passing play, he found the ball in his hands after the intended receiver deflected it. Abou-Mechrek turned on the jets -- relatively speaking -- and rumbled towards the end zone. He gave up after getting playfully knocked out of bounds about 40 yards into his journey.


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