Icing kicker now its own game

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

Hey, at least they can laugh about it now.

Mike Kelly has been keeping kicker Alexis Serna loose all week in a unique way.

"Every time he does something I yell 'Timeout!' at him," the head coach said. "If he's picking up a cup of coffee, 'Timeout!' "

Serna missed a 47-yard field goal on the final play of last Thursday's 19-17 loss to Edmonton after Eskimos head coach Richie Hall iced him with a last-second timeout.

Serna actually proceeded with the kick even though timeout had been called, and the ball sailed through the uprights. He admitted that he lost focus on the second attempt, which just missed to the left and would have tied the game had it been successful.

The Oregon State alum took the amnesia route yesterday when asked if he has changed anything after last week's gaffe.

"I never missed a kick," Serna said. "I don't know what you're talking about."

His coach isn't concerned, either.

"He's fine. He's fine," Kelly said. "You make some, you miss some."

OH, SNAP! The Blue Bombers have snapped up another long snapper.

Winnipeg yesterday acquired long snapper/defensive lineman Pat MacDonald from the visiting Calgary Stampeders for a conditional draft pick in 2012.

The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Oakville, Ont., native played 11 games for Calgary in 2007. The third-round draft pick in 2007 recorded four defensive tackles and one quarterback sack. He dressed for just three games last year.

MacDonald, 27, provides insurance in case long snapper Chris Cvetkovic goes down, and he adds to the Canadian depth on the defensive line.

MacDonald signed with the NFL's Carolina Panthers in January but was released late last month.

MESSAGE RECEIVED: Stamps quarterback Henry Burris, the reigning Grey Cup MVP, said his team got an important lesson last week when it suffered a 40-27 loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

"You saw last week that our team wasn't focused the way we should have been," Burris said. "That's the best dosage of medicine that any team could ever have. And especially this team.

"... We can no longer be 2008 Grey Cup champions, and that's the way everybody on this team looks at it. We're just trying to go out and accomplish something that each and every team in this league wants to accomplish, and that's being the 2009 Grey Cup champions."

BROWN'S DIAGNOSIS: Defensive tackle Doug Brown confirmed reports yesterday that he is recovering from a case of viral meningitis.

The 6-foot-8, 290-pounder has lost approximately 20 pounds over the last week and a half and had severe headaches while tests were being done to diagnose him.

Brown travelled to Edmonton last week but missed the season-opener against the Eskimos when he had a significant setback the day before the game.

He will sit out his second straight contest tonight.

WILLIAMS BACK: Import defensive tackle Tyrone Williams will return after missing the first CFL game of his career with hip and knee injuries last week.

"I came here to play and be part of a good team, so definitely it's kind of hard watching from the sidelines for the first time in my career," he said. "That was my first time and that made it really hard, you know.

"But sometimes we're not able to do things the way we want to do it. I'm glad that I'm able to come back and be ready to come back this week."

LATE HITS: The Bombers are expected to make three changes to their 42-man roster. In are Williams, cornerback James Johnson and safety Steven Holness. Out are Brown, linebacker Joe Lobendahn (shoulder) and receiver Derick Armstrong (released) ... The Stamps will be bolstered by the return of receiver Ken-Yon Rambo and right tackle Jeff Pilon from injury tonight, but they lost centre Rob Lazeo to an elbow problem on Wednesday. Tim O'Neill will make his first CFL start in place of Lazeo ... As of 4:30 p.m. yesterday, 27,004 tickets had been sold for tonight's game.


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