Was Bishop KO'd or OK?

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

Was he knocked out or wasn't he?

The state of Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterback Michael Bishop after his collision with teammate Yvenson Bernard in Calgary last Saturday is drawing some attention.

While Bishop denies losing consciousness, head coach Mike Kelly says he did.

"There's no question in my mind," Kelly said. "I've looked at the tape five times. His arm went limp ... and then his hands were actually crossed over his chest. It was like George Foreman hit him."

Bishop, though, didn't miss a play.

Wobbly head

"If you took every guy out that was playing with some kind of wobbly head, you'd have half the team off the field," Kelly said. "I don't know of a football player that at some point his head isn't ringing.

"I know lots of guys that keep little smelling salts in their wristband -- you sniff it, get your head clear and go play. It's a man's game played by men."

Kelly says he's not insensitive to the risk of concussions, since his friend Matt Dunigan, a former CFL quarterback, saw his career ended by them.

He says Bomber athletic therapist Al Couture has the final say on when players can or can't play.

For his part, Bishop says it looked worse than it was.

"They did all the tests on me on the sideline," he said. "I was responding well to everything, so I was able to go back in and keep playing.

"But that's the worst hit by a teammate that I've ever had."

BACK ON TOP: Fred Reid is back where he feels he belongs: leading the CFL in rushing -- by one yard (486-485) over Montreal's Avon Cobourne.

That sets up a head-to-head battle, here, this Saturday.

"Oh, man, we had the ball in our hands that second half," Reid said of his 167 yards against the Stampeders, most of it in the second half. "We should have done it in that first half. Hopefully we can build off that and take it to Montreal.

"That's the real Blue Bombers, right there. That's probably what you'll see the rest of the season."

Reid was the CFL's offensive player of the week, while Hamilton's Markeith Knowlton (defence), B.C.'s Sean Whyte (special teams) and Bomber Doug Brown (Canadian) also got the nod.

STAR STILL STRUCK: Linebacker Siddeeq Shabazz still wasn't practising yesterday, as he wore a boot to protect his injured foot. The Bombers are hopeful he'll be ready for Montreal.

HOG SHUFFLE: Centre Obby Khan sat out practice with a bruised knee, but says he could be back in his customary spot today.

Guard Kelly Bates likely won't be so lucky, as head coach Mike Kelly plans to insert Ryan Donnelly in his place.

NEW HANDS: Diminutive receiver Michael Hyman checked into camp, having quit his job working in the freezer at a Sobey's warehouse to join the team.

Born in Miami but raised in Toronto, he's considered a non-import.


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