The oldest player on the field may be feeling like a rookie playing his first CFL game today.
Troy Westwood will return to action for the first time since the Blue Bombers cut him in training camp last year. He will be the Winnipeg punter when the Bombers play the Montreal Alouettes this afternoon.
"I'm thinking of all the fundamentals of what I need to do to punt really well and I'm really excited and ready to go," Westwood, 42, said yesterday. "My emotions are pretty well in check and under control right now. They were wild early on in the week and now, they are under control. I assume they'll be fairly wild tomorrow but I need to keep everything in check and just focus on a few thoughts."
HOG BATTLE: Today's outcome could come down to which team protects its quarterback better.
"Everybody talks about how good Montreal's offensive line is and that they've given up the fewest sacks (25), said Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly. "Well, we've given up as few sacks (25) as they have. That will be one of the key factors in the game on both sides -- which offensive line will hold up the best during the course of the day."
Winnipeg C Obby Khan concurs.
"We'll try to be a lot more sound than (last week)," he said. "We made a lot of mental mistakes that we shouldn't have made, especially this late in the season. As an offensive line, we've got to block our rear ends off and give (Michael) Bishop more time because we've seen that teams that give their quarterbacks more time have success against Montreal -- like Hamilton did last week. If we can do that this week, I think we'll do all right."
REID READY: Winnipeg RB Fred Reid was held to only 18 yards on 11 carries the last the Bombers faced the Alouettes. It was the second time the Montreal defence had rendered him ineffective.
"The best thing is when they do that is that I get another chance to play them," Reid said. "I want to win every battle and they want to win every battle. Hopefully, we can come out and win the battle (today)."