Monroe making them look

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

Even though Troy Westwood is out of the picture, Brian Monroe doesn't find himself any higher up on the depth chart.

The American punter faces an uphill climb to make the Winnipeg Blue Bombers because they won't carry two import kickers and it sounds like they are more enamoured with placekicker Alexis Serna.

Not only that, but the Bombers added Canadian punter Duncan O'Mahony to their training camp roster yesterday.

Monroe will still put up a good fight, though. We know this because the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native was one of 32 players suspended in the wake of the infamous Miami-Florida International brawl on Oct. 14, 2006.

"I talk about it all the time," Monroe said yesterday. "Every reporter wants to ask about that. Every coach wants to ask about that."

The four-year starter with the Hurricanes was waiting to kick off following a Miami touchdown when a fight erupted during his team's convert attempt. One of his teammates was being kicked in the head, so he stormed the field and joined the fray.

Most of the 32 players who were suspended earned one-game bans, and Monroe was one of them. Prospective coaches are always curious to know if he took part.

"They're like, 'So, were you involved in that little fight?' I'm like, 'Well, you gotta protect your teammates,' " Monroe said.

"You can let something go so far. But once someone gets kicked in the face when they're on the ground, it's a little different."

CATCHING ON: There's a famous football phrase that was bouncing through the head of Canadian receiver Aaron Hargreaves last week: You can't make the club from the tub.

And it had him worried.

"The first couple days were tough," the team's second-round draft pick said yesterday. "It entered my mind: What would they do with me? But I went and approached some of the coaches and talked with them, and they just told me to make sure I get healthy."

Hargreaves missed the first week of camp due to a hamstring injury, but he returned to play in last week's pre-season opener in Hamilton. He had one catch for eight yards, and he is making it more difficult for head coach Doug Berry to cut him.

"He's making it hard on everybody, because he's come back strong," Berry said. "If he came back weak, it might be an easier call. But right now he's in the mix."

UP NEXT: Berry said all 71 players are expected to dress for Thursday night's pre-season finale against the Montreal Alouettes at the Stadium, but likely not all of them will play.

"We know who some of our special teams players are," Berry said. "We'll limit them this week, because we still gotta find out about other guys."


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