WINNIPEG - As much as it pains him, Doug Brown will be on the sidelines this week rather than risk further damage to a foot injury.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle suffered the injury at some point in last week’s 25-20 victory over the B.C. Lions, though he wasn’t ready to disclose what the actual injury was and couldn’t really pinpoint when it occurred. All he knows is that he won’t be able to play on Friday night against the Edmonton Eskimos.
“I’m not allowed to divulge the specifics, but there’s either something torn or broken in one of my feet,” said Brown, who has 14 tackles and three sacks this season, his 11th with the Blue Bombers. “I’ve always prided myself on being a durable player and it makes my skin crawl not being out there. It’s a difficult situation and I hate the miss games. It’s one of those situations where you miss a game — hopefully not more than one, but we’ll see — and prevent things from getting worse.”
Much like Clint Kent and Joe Lobendahn have done when they’ve been out due to injury, Brown will be on the sidelines to assist in a quasi-coaching role.
With Brown out of action, Winnipegger Don Oramasionwu will start at defensive tackle along with Dorian Smith, while Bryant Turner will also see time in the rotation.
“Even in the first game of my (CFL) career, I started unexpectedly, so it’s business as usual. I’ve started before, so there’s no nerves or anything,” said Oramasionwu. “It’s got to be the whole defence pitching in and I’m going to do my best. Be patient, do my job and make plays when I can.”
One guy who isn’t sad to see Brown out of action is Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed.
“I prefer not seeing him on the field. I’m not disappointed — he’s like the brother I never wanted,” said Reed, who served as defensive co-ordinator for the Blue Bombers last season. “Doug, for a number of years, has been a fixture on that defensive line and in my opinion, he’s still — in his veteran state — arguably the best interior lineman in the league.
Brown is hopeful he’ll play next Saturday against the B.C. Lions.