The Bombers held their final practice before Thursday’s home-opener against the Edmonton Eskimos, and they almost made it through it without losing someone to injury.
Linebacker Jonathan Hefney went down with a shin injury after colliding with receiver Kito Poblah, but head coach Paul LaPolice said he will be fine and ready to play against the Eskimos.
We must update the injury front, so let’s get right to it …
• Slotback Terrence Edwards practised on Tuesday, so it looks like he’ll be able to play against the Eskimos, even if LaPolice claimed he’s still questionable.
• Linebacker Dustin Doe practised, but the Bombers are doing something funky with their defence that doesn’t include Doe at weak-side linebacker. Not sure if that’s because of his knee injury or Tim Burke coming up with a new plan of attack. It’ll be interesting to see on Thursday night.
• LaPolice revealed that first-round draft pick Tyson Pencer had surgery on his right shoulder, which will cause him to miss the entire season and that running back Anthony Woodson will also have season-ending shoulder surgery soon. Pencer and Woodson both came to the Bombers as damaged goods, but LaPolice said it’s just a coincidence that they are both hurt in their rookie seasons.
• Kicker Justin Palardy was named the CFL’s special teams player of the week after going 5-for-5 in the field goal department last week in Toronto. It’s the second time he’s won the honour since August 2010.
• Lions defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell announced he will appeal his two-game suspension for hyperextending Simeon Rottier’s arm last Friday. Maybe commissioner Mark Cohon should go to the videotape from an October 2010 game between the Bombers and Lions, when Mitchell punched Andre Douglas where the sun doesn’t shine and got kicked out of the game because of it. It’s quite apparent Mitchell is a dirty player who hasn’t changed his spots. He should sit for two, and then maybe he’ll learn his lesson.
• The Bombers are catching a bit of a break this week, as stud Eskimos defensive end Marcus Howard won’t play due to a hamstring pull.