It was smokin’ hot at the Stadium on Wednesday morning, so it was good timing that head coach Paul LaPolice had originally scheduled only a 60-minute workout.
There was plenty of team action, where the offence goes against the defence, and the defence won that battle by a mile. It always takes the offence a while to get going. Then again, the Bomber offence never did get going last year.
A few other tidbits from Wednesday’s hour-long practice …
• Offensive lineman Brendan Dunn (lower body), running back Carl Volny (knee), linebacker Marcellus Bowman (leg) and safety Brady Browne (hamstring) did not take part. Dunn could be back tomorrow, Bowman will be out a couple days, and Volny and Browne, who’s technically not even on the training camp roster, continue to get treatment.
• The Bombers said they “might” go the NHL route this season and describe injuries as “upper” “lower.” I guess, for example, that’s an easy way to not have to tell their fans that Buck Pierce has another concussion. The Bombers can do that if they wish, as the CFL has no injury reporting requirements. All teams have to do is report concussions to a league-wide database, which is confidential.
• Defensive end Alex Hall had one of those Odell Willis-type get-offs on Wednesday. He blew by the left tackle and would have pancaked the quarterback had contact been allowed.
• Quarterback Joey Elliott looked pretty good. He was slinging the ball with authority.
• Training camp star Darrell Pasco and safety Ian Logan both recorded interceptions today.
• Doug Pierce stood out as the best new import receiver on this day, while Rory Kohlert was the top Canadian pass catcher among the newcomers.
• Finally, I had a chat with defensive tackle Bryant Turner about the eye injury he sustained in last year’s Grey Cup. That story, including the account of what actually happened to his eye (reader discretion advised), will be online later tonight at winnipegsun.com and in tomorrow’s edition of the paper.