Bomber camp, Day 6

- June 8th, 2012

Heavy rains at Canad Inns Stadium forced the assembled media members under the overhang, but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers played on right through it as main training camp hit the unofficial end of Week 1.

Although the Blue Bombers have managed to avoid any significant injuries to date, there are a host of players who have been forced to the sidelines. However, none of those injuries are serious, according to head coach Paul LaPolice.

Defensive tackle Dorian Smith and defensive back Deon Beasley joined the walking wounded on Friday with undisclosed injuries, while offensive lineman Brendan Dunn and receiver Cassidy Doneff were back on the field.

Defensive back Brandon Stewart seemed to be lobbying for a little love from the media after a solid morning session that featured several knockdowns. However, as has been customary during the course of the week, Stewart slipped into street clothes for the second session since he’s working his way back from a high ankle sprain.

It was a tale of two stories during the workouts, with the offence doing most of the damage in the morning session and the defence coming up big (with three interceptions) during the offence vs defence drills.

Those hauling in interceptions were Johnny Sears, Jonathan Hefney and Jovon Johnson, whose pick of Buck Pierce would likely have been returned for a touchdown.

Sears and Hefney picked off Justin Goltz on consecutive defensive stands.

As expected, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have brough back running back Avon Cobourne to replace Martell Mallett, who is expected to be lost for the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon. Cobourne brings plenty of swagger to the Tabbies and is determined to show he still has some game. Count me among those who was surprised it took Cobourne this long to find another gig after he was released by the Ticats. He’ll be another weapon for Henry Burris to use in the new-look offence.

Here’s what Team Sun is working on the Saturday’s print coverage:

* Paul Friesen has a column on returner Chad Simpson: http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/06/08/simpson-a-lock-for-bombers

* Kirk Penton spoke with Steve Morley and Glenn January about their friendship: http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/06/08/blue-brothers-in-arms

* My main is on linebacker Dustin Doe, who in part helped make Merrill Johnson expendable: http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/06/08/doe-endearing-himself-to-bombers

* Notebook being led by receiver Kurt Adams, an import from a small Division school who is pushing for work. Adams laid out to make an impressive diving catch this morning and has showcased some soft hands – and speed – throughout camp: http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/06/08/diamond-in-the-rough

Don’t forget to join us on our weekly live blog at 2 p.m. CT to discuss all things regarding the Blue Bombers training camp.

Here’s the link: http://www.winnipegsun.com/bluelive

 

(UPDATE: Thanks to those who participated in the live blog today. Just a note that because of Bomber game in Montreal and when my flight back is, we’ll be shifting from the usual 2 pm CT time slot to 11 am CT next Friday. Please join us again and get those questions ready)

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  1. Bomber Fan says:

    “Heavy rains at Canad Inns Stadium forced the assembled media members under the overhang…”

    WIMPS!!! ;-)

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