Stopping run is no easy task

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

It took the Blue Bombers the better part of five quarters to solve Saskatchewan tailback Kenton Keith, fourth in CFL rushing.

They have had two days to prepare for Calgary running back Joffrey Reynolds, who is second, when the Bombers face the Stampeders in Cowtown tomorrow.

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"When teams are able to move the football on the ground against us is when it seems like we have our biggest struggle," said Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry. "We made a strong commitment to stop the running game (last) week against a very good running team. Don't think we're not going too have the same issues this week with Joffrey Reynolds. He's a power back but he does have speed."

A thankless job for the Bomber front seven.

"I don't know who I'd rather face -- Kenton Keith and (Saskatchewan quarterback) Kerry Joseph or (Calgary quarterback) Henry Burris and Joffrey Reynolds," said Bomber defensive lineman Doug Brown. "Both are migraine specialties, headaches for the defence. Unfortunately, I think they (Stamps) have a little more talent outside their running capacity so, it will be just as daunting a task, for sure -- if not more so."

CUTS COMING: You can expect some NFL cuts to arrive here next week, but they will not be an immediate fix.

"If we bring a receiver or two in here, are they going to start the next game? Highly doubtful," said Bombers GM Brendan Taman. "They won't even know what three downs are all about. Then they've got to figure out our system. Then the coaches have to work with them ... I'm not going to bring them in just to bring them in."

HASHMARKS: Newly-arrived import OL Garrick Jones will replace import OL Jermese Jones against Calgary tomorrow, Berry confirmed ... Non-import OL Aaron Fiacconi replacing injured OL Mike Abou-Mechrek (ankle) with backup OL Marc Parenteau added to the roster ...The Bombers have selected XP Events as their retail merchandising partner for the 2006 Grey Cup.


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