Ellis to appeal Popp fine

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

Blue Bomber defensive end Kai Ellis has been hit with a $1,000 fine for his comments about Montreal GM Jim Popp prior to the game against the Alouettes nine days ago.

Ellis, a former Alouette cut by Popp earlier this season, said he wished Popp were playing, so he could "put him in a coma."

The fine, which Ellis is appealing, is the same amount levied against Edmonton's Agustin Barrenechea for his head-to-head hit on Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn in late September, and has Bomber players watching their tongues in advance of Saturday's East semifinal against the Eskimos.

"As a player rep I got to see the kind of fine handed out by our commissioner for making a comment about a GM who's not even on the field of play," D-lineman Doug Brown said. "I have to be very careful. We wish to hit them hard in a safe and legal manner, with respect to all the rules in the CFL."

SHOW OF HANDS: In Doug Berry's first year, he asked for a show of hands to see how many players had playoff experience, and was shocked at how few went up.

Yesterday, he asked again.

"This year it was just to see how many hands could go up in that room," Berry said. "So the guys that haven't been there before can see who's been there. I told them to get attached to one of these other guys and let them show you the way."

HASHMARKS: The Bombers are back on the practice field today, but it's unclear how much room they'll have as crews paint the ads for Saturday's game... Safety Ian Logan (toe) and DB Willie Amos (ankle) aren't expected to practice today, but Berry hasn't counted them out for the game.


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