Roberts grounded

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

TORONTO -- There was a time that the club's all-time leading rusher would have voiced his frustrations in no uncertain terms.

Not yesterday.

Winnipeg tailback Charles Roberts, who had spent much of the season leading the CFL in rushing, was held to an astonishing total of seven yards on six carries by the Argos. And that included two touches for zero yards in the opening 30 minutes of a game that the Blue Bombers lost 31-23.

In his previous five outings versus Toronto, Roberts had rushed for at least 100 yards in each one.

'DESPERATE'

"You know what, I could sound off against that but I'm not," Roberts said. "Circumstances dictate how many touches I get. We did find ourselves down early in the game and most co-ordinators are going to move away from the run when you find yourself desperate to try to keep pace and catch up.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed with the touches (yesterday), but hopefully we'll get it corrected and next week I'll be more involved in the gameplan.

"I never expect to not be a big part of the game. I always expect to get my fair share of touches. I think they know that I'm dangerous when I touch the ball, especially when I'm consistently touching it and getting into a groove. Circumstances dictate the number of touches I get and circumstances weren't in my favour."

The Bombers were down 21-1 at the half.

"Maybe the mindset was to make them think we were going to run the ball because we have had a lot of success against them running the ball," Roberts said. "Maybe they thought they were prepared to stop the run and we were going to use that to our advantage and it just didn't work out in our favour."

At least the Bombers are still in first place, three up on the Montreal Alouettes, who lost 16-10 to Edmonton.

"Our whole mindset coming into this game was to keep winning and to extend our lead in the East and we didn't do that," Roberts said. "Montreal lost?

"Well, lucky for us. It's not going to hurt us that much to lose (yesterday), but at the same time it's a big disappointment because it was a golden opportunity for us to extend the lead and we didn't."

GLENN MAD: Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn was so incensed at the way the Argos defenders treated him after throwing a first-half interception, he looked like he was ready to take on the whole team.

Although Toronto's Chris Hardy was nailed for rough play, he wasn't the guilty party.

"It wasn't Chris Hardy, it was (Adriano) Belli and 99 (Ronald Flemons)," Glenn said. "I guess the ref thought it was unsportsmanlike conduct. The defence is taught to go after the quarterback but there was no way I was going to make the play. I was across on the other side of the field, so why do something like that?

"It was excessive pushing to the quarterback after the play was over. I guess the play was blown dead and they're still trying to fight."

And the CFL is supposed to be trying to protect its quarterbacks better this season.


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