Cage match on tap?

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Doug Brown started bellowing as an interview was being conducted with Winnipeg teammate Barrin Simpson yesterday:

"Yeah, it will be Simpson vs Lumsden, Cage Match 1!" the Blue Bombers defensive tackle interrupted good-naturedly.

Simpson was named the CFL's defensive player of the week while Hamilton tailback Jesse Lumsden got the nod as offensive player of the week. And the two will indeed go head-to-head when the Tiger-Cats face Winnipeg in the first of back-to-back games tomorrow night.

Lumsden rushed for 158 yards on only 11 carries against the unbeaten B.C. Lions last week and finished the match with 226 yards in total offence.

"The key is putting the pads on him, get out there and hit him," said Simpson, the middle linebacker who recorded eight defensive tackles and one forced fumble during Winnipeg's 20-18 victory over Montreal last week.

"We've got to be sound defensively, making sure we don't give up any big plays because of something we messed up. We've got to make them earn it and that's always a challenge for the defensive front and for the linebackers to go out there and stop the run. That's what I get paid to do. I love playing the run game."

Bomber defensive end Tom Canada was the defensive runner-up.

"It's always great to get recognized for your play and I always say it's a testament to how well my guys up front are playing," Simpson added.

Winnipeg tailback Charles Roberts was the runner-up to Lumsden, who was also the unanimous selection as the week's top Canadian.

Bomber safety Kyries Hebert was the runner-up to Saskatchewan's Jason Armstead in the special teams category.

"To me, it's a reflection that the team's doing well when we get individual recognition so, from that aspect, I like it," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry.

INJURY UPDATE: WR Terrence Edwards (turf toe) will likely remain on the roster while DE Gavin Walls (arm) will return to the lineup after missing one game. Despite missing the match, Walls is still tied for most quarterback sacks in the East (four).

"That was great," he said. "Nobody got any and, at the same time, we got the W, that's what's most important ... I'm just glad to be back. It was just a minor setback, they can't hold me down for long."

FERRI GETS OFF: After reviewing the play -- at Berry's request -- where Montreal LB Diamond Ferri tossed Roberts on his head last week, the CFL has decided that there will be no further penalty.

"They reviewed it obviously and that's what was important to me," said Berry. "If they looked at it and said it was OK, then that's OK ... Apparently, he's (Ferri) going to be allowed to (do it again)."

Ferri, however, did not believe he even deserved the 15-yard roughing penalty he got.

"There was no whistle," he told the Montreal Gazette. "It wasn't dirty and it wasn't a cheap shot. It was within the lines, in my mind. How is it my fault? To me, it was the ref's misjudgement."

NOTEABLE: Thee Bombers had sold almost 26,000 tickets to tomorrow's match as of 5 p.m. yesterday ... Both DB Tay Cody (knee) and CB Jykine Bradley (hamstring) are expected to play for Hamilton tomorrow.


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