Serna likely to hold onto kicking job ... for now

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

Expect Alexis Serna to remain as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers placekicker and punter for Sunday's game in Montreal.

Head coach Doug Berry said as much yesterday when asked who would be doing the kicking on Sunday: Serna or the newly signed Travis Dorsch.

"It's not final," Berry said. "I would certainly say right now that Alexis is probably going to be the guy, but we still have some more time to look at Travis."

The Bombers (6-10) have only one more day of practice before Sunday's tilt against Alouettes (11-5) at Molson Stadium, which doesn't give Dorsch much time to make an impression.

Serna and Dorsch didn't do much punting yesterday, but they did the usual allotment of field goal kicking and Serna made a couple more than Dorsch.

INJURY UPDATES: Running back Fred Reid (ribs) wasn't able to do some of the things he wanted to do yesterday, according to Berry, which means he's doubtful for Sunday.

If Reid can't go, Joe Smith will be the main man in the backfield for the first time since being acquired in early September.

Receiver Terrence Edwards (foot) didn't practise for the second straight day, but Berry said he is still expected to play.

Offensive lineman Ryan Donnelly (shoulder) worked out for the second day in a row, and his status for Sunday's game will be decided today.

PIVOT PLAN: Berry said he would like to get playing time for all three of his quarterbacks on Sunday, but don't look for a change if starter Kevin Glenn is doing well.

"I never would mind trying to get the backups more experience," Berry said, "but if things are going too good then I'm not going to disrupt the flow."

GLAD TO BE BACK: Outside linebacker Ike Charlton missed the last six games with a groin pull but will return against the Als. He is looking forward to getting back on top of his game after a rough start to the season.

"I'm back, the guys welcomed me back, I knew the coaching staff believes in me," he said. "They know in my abilities, so I just gotta go out there and continue to prove them right.

"I know me, and I'm looking forward to getting back out there and getting going."

AND WE QUOTE: "There's a lot of challenge here."

-- Berry, after pointing out that the Alouettes have punted seven times in their last three games and have scored at least 30 points in 15 of 16 games:

LATE HIT: The Alouettes on Sunday are expected to be without running back Avon Cobourne, who is nursing an ankle injury.


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