Repercussions result of Roberts shenanigans

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Charles Roberts will not be changing his number and, as far as we know, will not be changing his name to C.R.

The Blue Bombers running back proclaimed Tuesday that he was changing his number from 1 to 32 for several reasons. One was because he's superstitious and wants to play in the jersey number in which he practises. The second was because he wore No. 32 in college.

The third -- and likely the real reason for his shenanigans -- was because he figured the coaching staff had forgotten about No. 1 when it came to the game plan, so he was going to trick them into getting No. 32 to run the ball more. Roberts had just 12 carries for 71 yards in last week's 27-17 loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

Bombers GM Brendan Taman confirmed yesterday that Roberts will not be changing his number.

Roberts' antics did have one repercussion, however, as the media is now banned from the locker-room after practice and will conduct interviews on the field instead.

Head coach Doug Berry had been thinking about instituting the policy and made it official yesterday. Apparently, Roberts standing on his stool and yelling "No. 1 is for sale!" in front of the media on Tuesday was the straw that broke the camel's back.

"This is the way it was in Montreal, the way we did it there," said Berry of locker-room accessibility. "I really feel like that's their living room. When you guys talk to me, you don't come into my home and hear conversations about what's going on between my wife and my daughters.

"That's their living room, and I just want it to be their little sanctuary when they're coming to practice."

Roberts, of course, used the new policy to sneak into the locker-room and duck all media requests yesterday.

RUN RICKY, RUN? The word out of Toronto is the Argos (1-0) are going to rely more on the run tomorrow night against the Bombers (0-1) at Canad Inns Stadium.

The Boatmen have a premier running back in Ricky Williams, and No. 1 quarterback Damon Allen is out with a broken finger, which leaves backup and former Bomber Spergon Wynn at the controls.

Williams had 97 yards in Toronto's win over Hamilton on Saturday. The last time an Argos running back reached the 100-yard plateau was Oct. 21, 2004, when John Avery did it.

MAKING MOVES: The Bombers are expected to make three roster changes for tomorrow's game.

SB/KR Albert Johnson III and OL Val St. Germain will come off due to injury and will be replaced by SB/KR Shockmain Davis and OL Marc Parenteau. OL Aaron Fiacconi will move up and start at St. Germain's right guard position.

Meanwhile, DB Gabriel Fulbright is expected to replace CB William Fields on the active roster.


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