Brown eager to 'rip and tear'

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

You might say he stuck out like a sore thumb at practice.

Winnipeg defensive lineman Doug Brown has been practising with his broken left thumb in an awkward-looking cast this week.

"Crazy story," he said. "Third play of the B.C. game, a run play. (Lions') Kelly Bates came off and a lot of times an offensive lineman will actually chop your hands to get them off them. It just so happened that I was reaching across as he was coming down. He broke my thumb right across the tip of it.

"Normally, you jam your fingers, you hurt your fingers all the time in football and I kept waiting for the pain to go away and it didn't really go away. The good thing was I was able to play the whole game with it -- with some help from some opiates or whatever we have on the sidelines."

Brown will wear a different sort of cast when the Blue Bombers play a rematch versus the Lions in B.C. this Friday.

"I will be wearing some sort of protection on it but not one this large and cumbersome because, as a defensive lineman, you've got to be able to make a living with your hands," he said. "You've got to be able to grab and pull and rip and tear and everything like that. So you've got to make sure it's as free as possible."

BOO-HOO: There has been so much grumbling about safety Jason Nugent's wallop of B.C. SB Jason Clermont in the last game that a Vancouver Province reporter called CFL director of officiating Tom Higgins about it. Higgins said he might fine Nugent.

"Why would they?" asked Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "It was a good hit. I wish we had everybody hitting like that."

NO MOVES: While CB Robert Bean will likely be moved to the nine-week injured list, Bombers GM Brendan Taman did not sound like he was about to send an SOS to free-agent DB Stanford Samuels or anyone else. Taman pointed out that DB Sam Young was brought back for depth at that position, meaning he will likely dress for Friday's game.

BLINK BOBBLES: Berry sat down with RB Charles (Blink) Roberts for three hours on Monday to pore over game film.

"Some of the things we'll change this weekend are to help him have success," Berry said.

Roberts, who then dropped five catchable passes during Monday's practice, declined interview requests yesterday.

HASHMARKS: Although DE Gavin Walls (leg) did not practise again yesterday, he will play Friday ... DB Kelly Malveaux returned to practice after taking Monday off ... OL Matt Sheridan (hamstring) is expected to return to action ... Although Duncan O'Mahony (toe) punted in Monday's practice, he was given yesterday off ... SB Milt Stegall (knee) did not practise and will not play Friday.

HARVESTING: Bomber fans helped raise a total of 27,360 pounds of food for Winnipeg Harvest through the Purolator Tackle Hunger Food Drive at the last home game -- a 67% increase from last year.


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