Bell rings up tackles on special teams

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

Don't look now but a certain Blue Bomber has rung up enough special tackles to tie for the CFL lead in that category.

Winnipeg fullback Graeme Bell is currently in a four-way tie with a total of five returner stoppers.

"The guys have razzed me all week about it," the 5-foot-10, 223-pound Regina native said yesterday. "It's keen competition and when you're battling it out with all the other guys, you want to do your best, obviously. When it comes down to it, I'm sitting at five but I could have just two tackles because it's just how the ball's spilled sometimes. It spilled my way a few times. You just have to keep working no matter what."

RIGHT ON HIS HEELS

Right on his heels are teammates Shawn Gallant and Neil McKinlay with four each.

"We won't talk about (bonus) incentives but let's just say, you've got to work hard to get paid," said Bell, 25.

"Coming in this year, I knew my role was going to be primarily special teams. You come in and set goal because you can make a living as a Canadian special teams player in this league."

Bombers head coach Doug Berry seemed pleased with Bell's progress.

"One particular game, I remember getting on him for a couple of (ill-advised) penalties but he's been more than consistent in a positive manner," he said. "A good leader. We've got a lot from Graeme and there were two or three other guys who have been significant in special teams work."

EVANS OUT?: Because he keeps cramping up, CB Omar Evans will likely sit out Saturday's game against the Argos in Toronto, Berry said. William Fields would replace Evans at corner with rookie DB Gabriel Fulbright returning to the lineup ... Although both Samuels (knee) and DB Anthony Malbrough (undisclosed) sat out yesterday's practice, both should be good to go in T.O.


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