Down, but Brown still kick returning

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:52 AM ET

WINNIPEG - There has been nothing special about Winnipeg's kick returns recently but Tim Brown will still get another kick at returning.

Brown particularly looked lost fielding punts against the Alouettes in Montreal and returned four for only 21 yards.

"The first thing for him is catching the ball in the air," Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice said Wednesday. "He's got to get better indicators of where they're kicking the ball because they kicked cross-field a couple of times. He's got to see it sooner and get over there and catch it on the fly."

LaPolice added that they had attempted to block punts on two plays so Brown would not have much blocking on those returns.

"So, he's got to understand that that he's just got to get the ball and make sure he gets four yards instead of losing yardage," LaPolice said. "So yeah, we talked to him about it. He should be fine."

It was only Brown's second game since recovering from a broken bone in his foot.

"I'm still a little rusty," admitted the 5-foot-7, 152-pound speedster. "I haven't played football in like eight months. It's my second game, but I can get better."

Brown also fumbled the ball away on a kickoff.

"Mistakes happen," he said. "It's what you do after the mistake. I did a great job getting back focused and doing my job."

TOP CANUCK?: With three catches for 103 yards against Montreal, Bomber receiver Cory Watson not only moved into the top 10 on the CFL list but should start drawing consideration as top Canadian in the East.

"I haven't thought about that at all," said Watson, who has caught 48 passes for 649 yards and one touchdown. "Right now, we're just focused on winning games and getting set for the playoffs."

,b>PINK WEEKEND: The CFL will help make awareness for women's cancers by playing CFL Pink games the weekend of Oct. 21-22. Reebok will provide the players with pink gloves, wrist bands and other items. Players will also wear a special decal on their helmets. CFL officials will use pink whistles, and coaches and other team personnel will be adorned in pink gear.

Fans will be able to buy special CFL Pink merchandise at CFL games that weekend and at selected Reebok stores, with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for cancer charities.

Fans will have the opportunity to bid on limited edition Pink items by visiting the CFL Auction page with proceeds going to cancer charities.

The Alouettes will play the Bombers in Winnipeg on Oct. 22.

JETS TALK: LaPolice talked to Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel before Tuesday's exhibition game.

"I talked to Claude yesterday and wished him luck on his season," he said. "He was excited about how our season was going."

Noel also invited LaPolice to a game.

"He said, 'I don't know where I'd put ya, maybe in the rafters somewhere or on the bench or something because there's not a lot of room in this place' (MTS Centre)."


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