Mayne hyped heading home

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

He still does not know if he will start.

But Shawn Mayne does know that he will get a game-day cheque because he will suit up for Winnipeg for the first time this year when the Blue Bombers play the Alouettes in a CFL contest in Montreal on Thursday.

"You'd better believe I'm excited," the Montreal native said yesterday. "I get to go home and I get to play if the opportunity arises."

If Gavin Walls (arm) is unable to play, Mayne will start at defensive end in his place. Although Walls did not practise for a second straight day, the Bombers remain optimistic that the leading quarterback sacker in the East will be able to play.

"We're comfortable with Shawn Mayne going into the game," Bomber head coach Doug Berry said yesterday. "We felt real good about coming out of training camp with him but when you've got Tom (Canada) and Gavin in front of him, there's not that many opportunities to get in."

Meanwhile, Mayne has been trying to get tickets for friends and family for the match, which is difficult because Alouettes games are always sold out.

"I've got my mom, my uncle, my sister, friends," he said. "It's going to be a venture to get tickets for that one."

Mayne, 27, has had to practise patience since being signed as a free agent last July.

"It's frustrating but you just have to wait for your opportunity to arise," said the 6-foot-3, 251-pound Connecticut product who dressed for two games last season. "I'm sure, after the first couple of plays, I'll be good to go but at first, it will be like one big rush." INJURY UPDATE: WR Derick Armstrong (knee) was back at practice running routes yesterday and will be in the lineup this week ... SB Terrence Edwards (groin) watched yesterday's session, but he should also play against the Alouettes ... SB Chris Brazzell (calf) didn't practise yesterday either, but is "very likely" to suit up, Berry said.

WATERWORLD: It was a hot day, and running back Charles Roberts was ready to play.

The CFL's leading rusher was having a blast at practice yesterday, dousing teammates and even an assistant coach, running backs boss Cory McDiarmid, with the contents of the team's water bottles.

Roberts even teamed up with Armstrong to dump an ice-filled water jug on offensive lineman Andrew Greene at the end of the session.

Berry said he was never concerned about getting dumped on.

"No, no, no, no," he said. "That wouldn't happen."

Why not?

"They know my age and the condition of my heart."

NO DISH: Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn refused to disclose any embarrassing stories about newly-arrived defensive back Sam Young, his former college roommate.

"What happens in the apartment stays in the apartment," he responded.

NOTEABLE: The Roughriders have announced that the Labour Day Classic between Saskatchewan and the Blue Bombers is already sold out ... Bombers fans donated 16,400 pounds of food to Winnipeg Harvest through the Purolator Tackle Hunger food drive at the last Winnipeg game -- a 34% increase over last year's drive.


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