Serna won't kick up a fuss

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

The 'Comeback Geezer' should know today whether he will play on Saturday.

And if Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly confirms that Troy Westwood will punt for the Blue Bombers when the Montreal Alouettes come to town, placekicker Alexis Serna will have no problem with it.

"I'm ready to do whatever," said Serna, who has handled both the punting and placekicking for the last seven quarters. "If they want him to punt, I'm ready to do just field goals and if they want me to punt, I'll punt. You've got to be prepared for anything ... It's not a big deal whether I'm punting or not."

Serna, 24, handled both duties last season but his field goal percentage skyrocketed to the mid-80s (from 66.7% last year) when Mike Renaud -- now injured -- took the punting duties off his hands.

However, his punts were inconsistent and he missed two field goals during Winnipeg's 24-21 loss to the B.C. Lions on Sunday.

Kelly believes Serna's placekicking is better when he does not have to be worried about punting.

"Whatever the coaches want to do that's best for the team, I'm ready to accept," said Serna, who has been good on 34 of 41 (82.8%) thus far this season.

AC DOUBTFUL: Word out of Montreal is that QB Anthony Calvillo did not practise yesterday but may test the tightness in his left calf today.

"Obviously, we want to play him (against Winnipeg)," Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman told the Montreal Gazette. "But not if he's not physically ready."

If not, then Adrian McPherson will make his first CFL regular-season start against the Bombers here.

EMRY OUT: Don't expect any payback on Shea Emry's illegal hit on Winnipeg SB Terrence Edwards as the Montreal LB is one of three Alouettes expected to miss Saturday's game with injuries. The others are CB Davis Sanchez and RB Dahrran Diedrick.

RB Fred Reid, WR Brock Ralph and Edwards sat out of Winnipeg's practice nursing hurts for the second straight day but all three are expected to play Saturday.

ANSWERING BELL: Bomber LB Neil McKinlay missed the last match to take a firefighter's exam in Vancouver and things are looking good that the six-year veteran will get that job.

"It will be good for me and it will be good for my family and stuff," said McKinlay, 28. "So, we'll just see what happens if I do get on. It will be tough calling an end to this part of my life."

CASEY AT BAT: Casey Printers, who had been passed over by the Bombers, will apparently be the starting QB for B.C. when the Lions take on Saskatchewan on Saturday as both Travis Lulay and Buck Pierce are nursing shoulder injuries.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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