Man upstairs knows best

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

Charles Roberts is sticking with No. 1.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back announced last week that he was changing to No. 32, because that's the number he wore in college.

He was still wearing No. 1 on Friday, when he wracked up 133 rushing yards against the Toronto Argonauts on a career-high 32 carries, so he has no plans of changing it.

"The number stays the same. That's it," said Roberts yesterday. "He came and told me one night that I need to stay No. 1."

Roberts was pointing towards the ceiling as he said that, but we're not sure if he was talking about Bombers president/CEO Lyle Bauer or God.

Roberts said his son, Isaiah, and wife, Christa, also persuaded him to stick with the number he's worn since arriving in Canada five years ago.

"But I'm going to keep wearing 32 in practice for the rest of the year," he said.

EXTRA INCENTIVE: Bombers return man Albert Johnson III plans to be back in the lineup this Saturday when Winnipeg (1-1) hosts the Edmonton Eskimos (1-1).

The good news for everyone on the return teams is he's bringing his wallet with him.

"I told the guys they get an extra bonus if I don't get tackled," said Johnson. "The least they'll get out of it is a free meal. I know they all like to eat."

Johnson had a rough outing in Week 1 against the Alouettes, garnering just 42 yards on three kickoff returns and 20 yards on four punt returns.

He said the week off has him feeling revived.

"I'm feeling good, man, I'm feeling good," he said. "It hurt me to take the week off, but I follow directions pretty good sometimes, and I think it was for the best.

"I'm ready to go."

FINE WITH IT: Bombers head coach Doug Berry understands why DE Gavin Walls was smacked with a $500 fine for a hit on Alouettes QB Anthony Calvillo in Week 1.

"We have to live with it, and so does every other team," said Berry. "The CFL has indicated that they're going to protect the quarterbacks in this league, and rightfully so. That's what makes this league so exciting, is the great quarterbacks.

"... They're going to protect them, and everybody needs to abide by those rules."

LATE HITS: Berry expects to have OL Val St. Germain back at the starting right guard position on Saturday. Aaron Fiacconi filled in for St. Germain (calf) last week against Toronto ... CB Omar Evans (groin) watched most of yesterday's practice for the second straight day.


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