Friday, July 31, 2009

Fined 4 times

Under rookie head coach Bart Andrus, Bruce had been fined four times this season by Toronto for unprofessional behaviour that included leaving his playbook on a plane in Calgary and missing special-teams meetings.

He also made disparaging remarks about Argos quarterback Kerry Joseph, and was fined by the league for his Michael Jackson tribute touchdown celebration at Hamilton on July 1.

Bruce, who was suspended for the Argos' game at Winnipeg last week, didn't attend a team meeting Tuesday morning and later missed practice.

As for touchdown celebrations, Bruce said they are here to stay.

"From here on out for the rest of my career playing football, I'm always going to have something special — nothing disrespectful," Bruce said.

On Friday, he will try to help Hamilton raise its record to 3-2 and guarantee the home side of a season sweep of B.C. for the first time since 1992.

The Tiger-Cats pulled off a 31-28 win at Vancouver in Week 2, but are coming off their worst offensive showing of the young season, a 21-8 setback to the East Division-leading Montreal Alouettes.

Hamilton quarterback Quinton Porter was pulled in favour of Kevin Glenn for the second game in a row, but they did manage to generate 353 yards through the air.

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