Bombers steamed at CFL

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers' defence is steaming mad with the CFL's head office.

Standout defensive end Gavin Walls has been fined $500 for what was deemed a low and late hit on Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo in Week 1.

He was penalized on the play, but was notified just this week that it will also cost him in the pocketbook.

Like throwing a match on a gasoline-doused pile of wood, Winnipeg's vocal defensive players sounded off, believing quarterbacks are too protected.

"All of a sudden the quarterback position is untouchable," Bomber defensive tackle Doug Brown told a Winnipeg paper.

Added Tom Canada: "You can't hit them in the head, you can't hit them in the feet, or below the waist, I guess, or you're going to get fined.

"Why are quarterbacks wearing shoulder pads and helmets if you can't hit them?"

But a much calmer Ricky Ray has a much different view as he gets set to face the Bomber defence.

"You have to remember that we are sitting ducks back there," said Ray.

"Half the time we can't even see where guys are coming from.

"Football isn't intended to use your helmet to hit guys in the head or go low at people's knees.

"You are supposed to play clean."


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