Reid will let his actions do talking

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

MONTREAL -- He was at least trying to choose his words carefully this time.

The last time Winnipeg tailback Fred Reid was preparing to play the Montreal Alouettes, he suggested their linebackers were just "OK."

Then the Als held him to 49 yards on 10 rushes.

"Oh man, they were hot right from the first snap of the ball," Reid recalled yesterday. "They were rowdy and they were motivated. So I'm just going to keep my mouth closed and just go out there and play football for four quarters and show them that we can play with them."

Reid added he hopes to get the 92 yards he needs to reach the 1,000-yard milestone for the first time in his CFL career.

"I'm hoping we can go out and get the 1,000 yards (today) -- 92 yards -- I'll try to push for it (today)," he said. "I want to get it."

Montreal linebacker Diamond Ferri has not forgotten the last encounter with Reid.

"(Reid) raised the challenge last time when he called us out and I think we stepped to the plate," he said. "We'll try to fill that role again."

CASEY COOL?: Even the Alouettes are expecting to see Winnipeg's recently-arrived quarterback Casey Bramlet sometime during today's game.

"We know a little bit about him because some of our defensive guys played against him in NFL Europe," said Montreal head coach Marc Trestman. "We have a lot of respect for him. We know he's coming with a limited amount of practice time. We also know he's a cool customer. He'll stand in the pocket and make some throws and take some hits to make plays.

"Certainly, we don't want to write his own story for him, either."

Although Bramlet is still adapting, he is looking forward to his first taste of the Canadian game with its wider field and unique rules.

"It's an exciting change," he said. "It is different, though."

HUMBLE HOMECOMING: Although Bomber LB Pierre-Luc Labbe will be playing in front of friends and family today, he denied being embarrassed by Winnipeg (3-7) playing against the class of the CFL circuit.

"It will be a bigger challenge," said the Quebec City native. "Montreal had a really good record last year, too. We just have to work hard, take care of our responsibilities and hopefully, we can come out with the win."

SICK OF IT: Bomber head coach Mike Kell y was asked about how he has been handling the series of controversies since he became a CFL head coach for the first time.

"I'm sick of sensationalism," he said. "We have had our share of things that got sensationalized. We just want to have a nice quiet week, come here, enjoy our time and get out."

A SHOT?: Eskimos LB Maurice Lloyd weighed in on Saskatchewan scoring 55 points against the Bombers under the guidance of quarterback Darian Durant.

"Durant is a great quarterback but I don't pay any attention to what he did last week because what he did last week was against Winnipeg," Lloyd told the Edmonton Journal on the eve of today's game between the Eskies and Roughriders. "Totally different defence. Totally different athletes than us."

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Player to Watch ...

Casey Bramlet -- Assuming he plays some if and when starter Michael Bishop falters again, Bomber fans could witness the future of the franchise. Then again, he could become yet another in a series of failures at quarterback under a new regime that felt it could afford to banish a veteran without getting anything in return. But the Bombers have nothing to lose by playing Bramlet -- and everything to gain.

Numbers Game ...

39-12 -- The score when the Alouettes overwhelmed the Blue Bombers in their own backyard earlier this season.

6-0 -- Montreal's record at home this season.

4-14 -- Blue Bombers' record in their last 18 visits to Montreal.


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