Special K a force

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Even he will tell you he is something special.

Winnipeg safety Kyries Hebert recorded six special teams tackles during Thursday night's 32-23 victory over Montreal.

That is just one short of both the CFL and club record for most in one regular-season CFL game. Former Blue Bomber Brendan Rogers, who did it back in 1994, shares the record of seven with six others. Wade Miller is the only other Bomber to get six in a single match.

"It was a good night on special teams for me," said Hebert, who is determined to lead the league in that category this season. "I pride myself on being the best cover guy in the CFL. I don't know if anyone else notices that but I do."

Then he laughed at his own braggadocio.

"We got some good kicks (Thursday)," said the 6-foot-3, 220-pound import.

"The new guy (Rob Pikula) was awesome. He put the ball where it needed to be and that makes it a lot easier for everyone to cover."

IN LIMBO: Although Pikula was inconsistent, the status of veteran placekicker Troy Westwood, who was a healthy scratch for the first time in his 17-year career, remains up in the air.

Bomber head coach Doug Berry declined comment on Westwood's status or whether Pikula will handle all of the kicking duties again next week when the Edmonton Eskimos come to town.

"I would be leaning that way but I'm not going to commit to it," he said. "I was satisfied with his (Pikula's) performance. Am I ultimately pleased? No, I would certainly expect more and better next time."

The Bombers did send import kicker Clinton Greathouse home and do expect Westwood to stick around for at least a few more days.

"We're not going to cut him, I'll tell you that," said Bomber GM Brendan Taman.

But should Noel Prefontaine's concussion linger, Toronto may be in the market for a kicker as Steve Christie, Prefontaine's replacement this week, has said he would return for one game only.

TOP DOGS: The Bombers (1-0-1) are in alone in first place for the first time in four years.

"It's really a good situation to be in," Berry said. "I like being looked up to and I hope the rest of the East has to look up to us for the rest of the season."

BROTHER BATTLE: Now that he has beaten his big brother, Alouettes running back Robert Edwards, in both stats and on the scoreboard, Bomber wide receiver Terrence Edwards wants to do it again in front of family when the Bombers play the Als in Montreal in two weeks. Their mom and dad, his sister-in-law, aunt and nieces will be at that match.

"It's going to be a packed house, and I want to get it again when we go there," said Edwards, who caught three passes for 119 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown, against Montreal.

It was his second straight 100-yard game for the Bombers.

"It's sweet, but I want to do it against anybody and everybody," said the 5-foot-11, 176-pound import. "I want to make 62-yard bombs. It doesn't matter if it's Montreal or whoever."

INJURY WOES: Both Bomber WR Derick Armstrong (knee) and CB Anthony Malbrough (leg) left Thursday's game with injuries and will be further evaluated Monday.


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