Canada vows to be more disciplined

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Tom Canada is 2-for-2 when it comes to bad penalties.

It's not the stat in which the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end wants to be batting 1.000.

One week after earning a piling on penalty that allowed the Edmonton Eskimos to extend a drive, Canada earned a 10-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for pulling a flag out of an official's pocket and tossing it in the air on Thursday against the Montreal Alouettes.

Seconds before, Canada had been in a scuffle with Als offensive lineman Paul Lambert. Canada felt Lambert deserved a penalty and the flag was right there, so he grabbed it and threw it.

Canada has been fined by head coach Doug Berry and might face a monetary slap on the wrist from the league as well.

"I just gotta plead insanity on that," Canada said. "I don't know, man. I look back on it, and I just don't know what I was thinking. It may have been entertaining in retrospect, but at the time it could have definitely cost us. It could've definitely swung the game a different way.

"And that's what I fear: If it would've swung the other way, I don't know if I'd be talking with you right now, especially after last week with me having that piling on penalty that cost us three points. I won't say it cost us the game, but ..."

Canada did some deep thinking over the weekend, and he plans to start playing more disciplined for another reason.

"The thing is, in spite of that flag thing, I felt like I did all right in that game. I made a couple big plays," he said. "I'm eating breakfast, reading the paper, and it's all about this flag thing. And I'm like, 'Hey, didn't I make a play or two?'

"So that kind of brought it into perspective, like what do you want to be remembered as: a good player or an a--hole?"

SICK BAY: Eight players watched practice yesterday, but not all of them are expected to miss Friday's game when the Bombers (1-0-1) take on the Eskimos (0-1-1).

Wideout Derick Armstrong (knee) is questionable after being on the wrong end of a low hit from Montreal's Mark Estelle on Thursday.

"I think that he knows it was a dirty hit, but he was just playing and he just went low and I gotta live with it now," Armstrong said.

Meanwhile, defensive back Anthony Malbrough (leg) is doubtful for Friday, and the severity of cornerback Robert Bean's leg injury is unknown.

Centre Obby Khan (illness) and receiver Arjei Franklin (ankle) will remain on the sidelines this week, and Khan could be out for as many as three more weeks.

The good news for the Bombers is defensive backs Gabriel Fulbright (turf toe) and Greg Moss (hamstring) are likely to return this week.

In addition, receiver Adam Eckert (finger) was back catching passes yesterday.

LATE HITS: More than 21,000 tickets have been sold for Friday's game ... The Bombers practise today from 11:10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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