Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice confirmed to reporters on Sunday that the four players who didn’t return on time for Sunday’s workout have been hit in the wallet.
The fine total was undisclosed, but was a smart move, given that LaPolice seemed fairly nonchalant in discussing the issue with the media on Saturday.
Three of the four players — defensive back Alex Suber, defensive end Jason Vega and linebacker Henoc Muamba — were back on the field Sunday, while linebacker/defensive back Jonathan Hefney was given an extra day off for personal reasons but will still be fined.
LaPolice said Hefney was going to be back in Winnipeg Sunday afternoon and on the field on Monday to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Receiver Chris Matthews was back on the field after take Saturday off for maintenance, while Suber and safety Ian Logan are set to return to the secondary this week — which should provide a boost to a defensive unit looking to return to past form.
Running back Chad Simpson and receiver Terrence Edwards missed Sunday’s session with soreness but LaPolice expects them back on the field Monday as well.
Linebacker Brandon Stewart took part in some of the workout, but remains unlikely to play this week, while DT JT Gilmore suffered a calf injury during practice and his status will be updated Monday — though LaPolice said he was unlikely to be on the active roster this week anyway, due to the return of Bryant Turner.
When asked if the Blue Bombers might have some interest in RB Cory Boyd, who was released by the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday despite leading the CFL in rushing, LaPolice said he would speak to GM Joe Mack but it “was unlikely.”
No decision has been made about who is going to start at right tackle, with Shannon Boatman still getting plenty of reps while trying to push Jordan Taormina.
Muamba and Pierre-Luc Labbe were sharing reps at MLB with the first-team defence as well.
That’s all for now. Time to get writing.
Paul Friesen will be on the Blue Bomber beat the next couple of days and I’ll be back in the saddle on Wednesday to help tee up the game with the Ticats.