Toronto Argonauts Robert McCune (top) and Pat Watkins tackle down Winnipeg Blue Bombers Chad Simpson during the first half of CFL football action at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Friday October 19, 2012. (QMI Agency/ERNEST DOROSZUK)
WINNIPEG - You'll have to excuse Glenn January for stepping onto the soapbox.
After hearing about how much the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive line has struggled this season, the mammoth left tackle was more than happy to discuss the 260 yards rushing his team piled up in Friday's 44-32 victory over the Toronto Argonauts.
While he was quick to give credit to running backs Chad Simpson and Will Ford to power through the holes, January made sure his Hogs got their share as well.
"Toronto is a defence that has a lot of powerful run stoppers inside — they load the box and try to prevent the run," said January. "We were given the opportunity to prove that we aren't what people think we are or what some people have written about us. Here's the point, we've got a 1,000-yard rusher (Simpson) and some people call us the worst O-line in the league.
"We've been a group that has been under appreciated all year, outside this locker room. We don't seek the limelight but we certainly go out there, work hard and do our jobs quietly. We're a group that shuts our mouth, goes out there and plays football."
With right guard Steve Morley the only Bomber playing the same position on the offensive line as in 2011 and with three new starters, it was going to take some time to find cohesion. After enduring some tough times, the men in the trenches have found their form.
VEGA TIME: As the Bombers capped an impressive 89-yard, 17-play drive on their opening possession on Friday, it was none other than defensive end Jason Vega who hauled in the four-yard touchdown strike from Alex Brink.
"You know what, I wasn't sure if I had actually scored because the crowd didn't really make any noise and I saw people throwing their arms up, so I thought it was a flag on us," said Vega. "It ruined my celebration a little bit, but otherwise, it was all right."
It was the first regular season touchdown reception for Vega, who also had one in the 2011 East Division final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
"It was a well-called play and it shows you what kind of athlete Jason is Ñ he's a very good athlete," said Bomber interim head coach Tim Burke.
INJURIES MOUNT: The list of walking wounded was long going into Friday's game and it ended up longer at the completion.
Cornerback Johnny Sears was lost to a head injury on the opening play after getting drilled on the kick return by Etienne Boulay.
Burke said it was too early to say if it was a concussion.
There won't be an update provided until the Bombers return to the field early this week.
Others who left the game included safety Ian Logan (head injury), Vega (lower-body) and receiver Kito Poblah (ribs), who returned for the second half.