MONTREAL -- He got tossed around and banged up, but Charles Roberts' outing last night at Molson Stadium was a smashing success.
Despite getting slammed to the turf and having to leave the game momentarily with a knee problem, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting tailback led his team in both rushing yards (95) and receiving yards (66) in the 20-18 win.
"That's probably a first in my career," Roberts said.
Roberts had to leave the game late in the first half after being tackled by Alouettes defensive back Chip Cox.
Roberts lay on the ground for a while, but he walked off under his own power. His backup, Fred Reid, was in for the first play of the third quarter, but Roberts replaced him on the next play.
A few plays before he got hurt, Roberts was slammed to the ground by Als linebacker Diamond Ferri, who was assessed a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.
The normally quiet Roberts did plenty of talking because it was such a physical affair.
"I like the physical play, but everything's OK," Roberts said. "I liked the jibber jabber out there, because usually I'm kind of solemn on the field. I play hard, but usually I'm kind of reserved."
Bombers slotback Milt Stegall, who was Roberts' road roommate this week for the first time, never stops being impressed with the man they call Blink.
"The guy's amazing," Stegall said. "I'm about to stop working out and stop stretching and stop warming up. You see why he's been the (East Division) MVP and an all-star every single year, because he can do it all.
"He's the most exciting player, besides Pinball (Clemons), I've ever seen in the CFL. He shows it every single time he goes out there."
BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL? Als defensive end Anwar Stewart may have given the Bombers some extra motivation thanks to these words in yesterday's Montreal Gazette:
"We have to stop the run and we know Stegall's a great receiver and their go-to guy. We've got to limit his catches," Stewart said. "But no one else on their offence can beat us. Terrence (Edwards) makes good catches but won't break a play any time."
Stewart also believed his team could limit Roberts to fewer than 50 rushing yards.
Edwards scored on a 41-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter, and Roberts had 161 all-purpose yards.
"I actually heard about the comments on the field," Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn said. "If that's how Anwar feels, that's how he feels. Everybody is entitled to their opinion.
"Me and Anwar are pretty good friends. I don't think he would probably say it again, because it probably fuels some people's fire, and you don't want to do that."
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