Bombers' Brown could sit out Friday with foot injury

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:44 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Bombers could be without their most valuable Canadian on Friday when they host the Edmonton Eskimos in a battle of the CFL’s two best teams.

Defensive tackle Doug Brown has a foot injury that prevented him from practising this week and could be a game-time decision if the problem isn’t better on Thursday.

“If he can perform at a high level he’ll play,” Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice said.

Brown has missed only eight games during his 11-year career with the Blue and Gold.

If the 6-foot-8, 290-pounder can’t play, expect Don Oramasionwu to see more playing time as part of a defensive line rotation.

The Bombers are 4-1, while the Eskimos are 5-0. Edmonton is a one-point betting favourite.

DOMINANT: Bombers defensive end Odell Willis was named the CFL’s defensive player of the month after recording a league-high seven sacks in July.

“It’s just an award,” Willis said. “I still got a lot of work to do. Defensive player of the year would sound even better.”

LaPolice said the 26-year-old’s uncanny ability to move almost simultaneously with the snap of the ball makes him extremely dangerous.

“Some guys have a fast twitch muscle. He’s fast twitch,” LaPolice said. “He gets off the ball as good as I’ve ever seen in this league — better than Joe Montford and some of the other guys I’ve seen.

“People say he’s offsides when he isn’t. I know some of the other coaches in the league have gotten on us for that, but he’s onside. He’s just fast.”

Willis has improved his discipline this season, but not by much. He was penalized 23 times in 17 games last season, including 13 for offside, four for roughing the passer and three for unnecessary roughness. He already has five infractions in five games this year.

LATE HITS: There have been rumblings Bomber quarterback Buck Pierce left last week’s game against B.C. because he was woozy after banging heads with Solomon Elimimian — and not because of a left calf strain. When asked if Pierce had a concussion test after the contest, LaPolice on Wednesday said, “Not that I know of” … The other players of the month were Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray (offence) and running back Jerome Messam (Canadian), and Hamilton kicker Justin Medlock (special teams) … The Calgary Stampeders released quarterback Michael Bishop on Wednesday. He was expendable thanks to the return of backup Drew Tate from injury … Friday’s Winnipeg-Edmonton game will be a sellout, as the ticket count had reached 28,500 as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.


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