Roller-coaster ride ends on high note

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Gilles Lezi felt like he was at Six Flags, riding one of the wildest roller-coasters they have to offer.

Instead, he was playing fullback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers against the B.C. Lions at B.C. Place on Friday night.

To say Lezi had his ups and downs during the match would be an understatement.

"It was very up and down, but it ended up on a great note," he said.

Lezi found himself in the coach's bad books early on. He lined up in the wrong spot on one play, costing his team a first down, and running the wrong route on another, this time sacrificing a potential touchdown.

"Those were big plays because, really, I think it took points off the board," he noted.

In the fourth quarter, however, Lezi made amends. Lions kick returner Ian Smart didn't see an unblocked Lezi coming, and Smart fumbled the ball after absorbing the blow.

Winnipeg safety Kyries Hebert recovered the pigskin, and Rob Pikula booted the field goal that proved to be the difference in the Bombers' 22-21 victory.

"I was happy I was able to redeem myself, obviously, because it didn't start well," Lezi said. "Being the fullback, it was kind of hard to me to redeem myself on offence because of what I do. I block, and it's not very easy to see. So I definitely knew that I had to do something on special teams.

"... That showed them that I had some character and that I got some fight in me. Let's hope I can show that I have fight without having to make mistakes first."

INJURY UPDATE: The bye week couldn't have arrived at a better time for the banged-up Bomber secondary.

The team expects to have CB Robert Bean, DB Anthony Malbrough and CB Ian Logan healthy enough to play on Aug. 24 against the Toronto Argonauts at Canad Inns Stadium.

Other injured players who could be ready to go in 11 days are C Obby Khan and LB David Lowry.

"With Obby it's going to depend on his football readiness," head coach Doug Berry said. "His physical readiness is probably 90%. It's just a matter now of how strong he is to play football."

PK Troy Westwood (hamstring) is out for about a month, while WR Jamie Stoddard (knee) and LS Chris Cvetkovic (elbow) are unlikely to play against Toronto.

LATE HITS: The Bombers don't return to the practice field until Sunday ... RB Charles Roberts is back on top of the CFL rushing race with 614 yards. Hamilton's Jesse Lumsden is 22 yards back ... Former Bomber receiver Kamau Peterson, now with the Edmonton Eskimos, is tied with Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver D.J. Flick for the most receiving touchdowns, with five.


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