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Willy’s in­jury wasn’t the only con­cern post-game. Slot­back Nick Moore, the CFL’s lead­ing re­ceiver en­ter­ing the game, didn’t take a snap in the sec­ond half. Right tackle Devin Tyler pulled up lame as did line­backer Graig New­man.

But play­ers are hurt in ev­ery game. And while Brohm strug­gled might­ily in re­lief, again, the Eski­mos re­sponded pos­i­tively with elec­tri­fy­ing rookie QB James Franklin com­ing off the bench to re­place a strug­gling Matt Ni­chols. He com­pleted five of eight passes for 83 yards, three of them touch­downs.

But it was that Bombers’ re­sponse, or lack thereof, which had steam com­ing out of Chris Ran­dle’s ears.

“We need to han­dle ad­ver­sity a lit­tle bit bet­ter,” said the vet­eran line­backer. “This is the sec­ond case where our leader, our quar­ter­back, went down and we didn’t re­spond the way we’re sup­posed to.

“We are a bet­ter team than what we (showed) out there. I know we’re bet­ter than that. Now we’ve got to go out there and prove it. It’s about un­der­stand­ing the sit­u­a­tion. Our leader went down so ev­ery­one’s level has to raise up. That just didn’t hap­pen, on spe­cial teams, on de­fence, on the of­fen­sive line... but it has to.

“When our leader goes down it’s on ev­ery­one else to fill that void.” ed.tait@ freep­

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