Film will tell tale

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Sun Media -- Troy Westwood's status with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is once again uncertain.

The 17-year veteran placekicker missed three of five field goal attempts in Friday's 43-22 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, with one of the flubs coming from 22 yards out.

When asked yesterday where Westwood stood, head coach Doug Berry said, "I'll be honest with you: Today I don't know. ... I haven't looked into that yet. I want to watch some more film of that."

Westwood's third miss of the game was hardly his fault, as third-string quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, taking over for the injured Jamie Stoddard, had trouble with the hold.

Punter Rob Pikula held on the last two attempts, and Westwood made both of them.

Westwood's streak of 279 consecutive games played came to an end last month when Berry made him a healthy scratch for missing three of four attempts in the season-opener.

Westwood is 8-for-15 this season, which works out to a league-low 53.3% success rate.

JUSTICE SERVED?: Bomber receiver Jamie Stoddard strained the MCL in his right knee Friday when Ticats cornerback Dwight Anderson picked him up and slammed him to the turf well after his forward motion had stopped.

Anderson was tossed from the game for rough play, and Berry wants the CFL to take a look at the incident.

"You gotta put a stop to it, there's no question about that," Berry said. "You just can't go on with it. You can't just be losing guys. If we're protecting quarterbacks, we're protecting everybody."

Bombers tailback Charles Roberts got dumped in a similar fashion by Montreal Alouettes linebacker Diamond Ferri last month. Ferri received a 15-yard penalty but was not disciplined by the league.

Stoddard will miss Friday's road game against the B.C. Lions. He will be replaced in the lineup by Arjei Franklin, who may also assume Stoddard's holding duties on field goals.

LATE HITS: Rookie special teamer Brad Newman's season is likely over after apparently tearing his ACL in his left knee on Friday. "The initial diagnosis is not good," Berry said ... The Bombers are running low on healthy Canadians, with Newman, Stoddard, LB David Lowry (hamstring), C Obby Khan (illness), LS Chris Cvetkovic (elbow) and possibly CB Ian Logan (hip flexor) on the shelf ... Not only did Ticats tailback Jesse Lumsden almost single-handedly beat the Bombers Friday, but he also surged past Winnipeg's Charles Roberts for the CFL rushing lead. Lumsden has 554 yards on 59 carries, while Roberts checks in at 509 on 99 carries ... Speaking of non-import running backs, the last one to win the rushing title was Ottawa's Orville Lee in 1988 ... Bombers GM Brendan Taman embarked on his NFL training camps tour yesterday. He took in a Washington-Baltimore scrimmage yesterday and will attend tonight's Hall of Fame game between Pittsburgh and New Orleans in Canton, Ohio. He is looking for players at "every position except tight end."


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