Smith sits and waits

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

Onterrio Smith continues to sit, and it's not known when he's going to get up and head back on the field.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back watched his second straight day of training camp yesterday because of a foot injury he suffered Sunday.

"The trainers have indicated that it could be a week or more," said head coach Doug Berry.

"It's all dependent on how well he responds to treatment. Something popped in his foot, and that's where we're at.

"... He's behind. There's no doubt he's behind, because all anybody can do is control what they do. They can't control what other people are doing."

PESSIMISTIC

While sounding pessimistic about Smith's return, Berry was equally impressed with the other import running backs in camp.

"We've got other people on the field that are performing quite well," said Berry. "If you're not performing at all and other guys are performing well, that doesn't help.

"... Tellis Redmon's looked real good since he's been here, and so has Henri Childs. They're both impressive backs. We've got some really good backs here in camp right now. We really do."

It was suggested that Smith would be in danger of being cut if he were a rookie in the same situation.

"You might think so, but he's not," said Berry. "... I'll give him a week, but I'm not sure where he's going to be (health-wise) in a week."

GLENN RULES: Incumbent starting QB Kevin Glenn is running away with the No. 1 position battle after three days of camp.

He has displayed all the tools necessary to hold on to his job, including those you can't see on the field, according to Berry.

"He's really coming along quite well," said Berry. "I'm really most impressed with his leadership right now. I didn't know this about him.

"It's like you feed him something and then he's able to take it and feel good about himself. I just like the way he's responding."

AND WE QUOTE: "I don't care if Nealon Greene was living in my basement, it wouldn't make a difference."

-- Montreal Alouettes coach Don Matthews, when asked yesterday if Nealon Greene has an edge over other quarterbacks because of their history together.

LATE HITS: The Bombers are going to take a look at DE Ron Warner at defensive tackle. If it doesn't work out, Berry said "he'll have to probably lose weight to keep up with these guys that we have at end right now." ... QB Mike Quinn (arm) and LB Ron Ockimey (knee) are expected to return to practice today ... The CFL instituted three rule changes yesterday. A coach can now call timeouts, players aren't allowed to use open or closed hands on an opponent's face mask, and players who don't attempt to withdraw from the five-yard perimeter around a kick receiver will get a 15-yard penalty -- even if the ball bounces.


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