Hog hurts just keep piling up

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

More hog help could soon be on its way.

Import Winnipeg offensive lineman Garrick Jones will likely miss Friday's re-match versus the Montreal Alouettes with a sprained ankle.

However, either non-imports Mike Abou-Mechrek or Val St. Germain may be able to return from injury this week, Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman said yesterday. If not, Taman already has another import O-lineman on the line but would prefer to wait until after next week's bye to bring him in.

Dominic Picard, another Canuck hog, is also a possibility, especially after the way Marc Parenteau played in his first CFL start in Sunday's 17-14 victory over Montreal.

"He was very active in the running game," said head coach Doug Berry. "In pass pro, he was a little shaky starting out but built a little confidence as the game went along and ended up doing a nice job filling in for us this week."

Although defensive back Gabriel Fulbright has a knee cartilage problem, he may play this Friday, Taman said.

DEJA VU: Berry had seen that movie before. Kicker Troy Westwood missed a field goal in the fourth quarter and Montreal returner Avon Cobourne returned it 91 yards to set up the Alouettes' lone touchdown. In the first game of the season, the Als returned a missed field goal for big yardage to mount a comeback -- aided by roughing infractions.

"It was, 'Oh my goodness, here we go, fourth quarter, big missed field goal return," Berry said. "I was just looking to see if we'd get a couple of penalties to follow it, but we didn't. That put the brakes on right there. It was good to see the defence could come up late in the game after that one."

Westwood, who whiffed on two field goal attempts, was kicking himself after the game, despite booting the winning three-pointer.

"The wind was crazy out there and I just didn't put the ball where I needed to put it on those two misses or on that on-side kick we tried. I just didn't put it where I needed for it to be successful," he said.

What Westwood won't tell you is that there was a bad hold on one and a poor snap on another.

TICKET RUSH: Winnipeg's win has also re-invigorated Bomber fans. The club had already sold more than 23,000 tickets to this Friday's re-match yesterday and is planning to open up the south end zone seats once again. Those ducats go for $20 each and will be on sale today at 10 a.m.

Renowned Canadian Susan Aglukark will perform the national anthem.

POOR TIMING: A number of press box observers were wondering why only one second ticked off the clock on one play when the Alouettes had the ball in the last minute of the first half. And how slow it was to start on each play during that drive.

"Somebody brought it up to me on the sidelines and I did talk to the officials about it," Berry said. "They assured me that they keep the time on the sideline, as well as the scorekeeper that runs the clock, and that there weren't any discrepancies. But it was brought to their attention."


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