Special teams take centre stage

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

About 1,000 yawning fans got to watch Winnipeg's biggest stars sit on the benches for half of yesterday's practice as the Bombers concentrated on special teams.

"There are so many things you have to cover in the kicking game so we decided it's best to spend an hour, an hour and a half on it," explained Bomber head coach Doug Berry.

"I just don't want to ever be embarrassed in the kicking game. We tried to cover a lot of things. You're probably not going to cover everything but we probably covered a lot of them."

BUMMER: Bomber slotback Chris Brazzell is nursing a sore backside, although he continues to practise.

"I bruised my butt during practice the other day," he said. "I landed on it real hard and once the aspirin wears off, the pain comes. But it should go away in a couple of days."

RACE TIME: Is Charles Roberts slowing down? Bombers middle linebacker Barrin Simpson caught the tailback from behind on a sweep during Saturday's practice, drawing hoots and hollers from teammates. Could a race be in the offing?

HASHMARKS: Cornerback Anthony Malbrough returned to practice yesterday.

Wide receiver Albert Johnson III (hamstring), linebacker LB Toney Edison (elbow, hamstring); defensive end Brian Guebert (hip flexor) and offensive lineman Alexandre Gauthier (hamstring) are still sidelined.

The Bombers, who had only one practice yesterday, will return to two-a-days starting at 8:30 this morning (one-half hour later than last week).


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