Bombers ready to close out Ivor Wynne

- October 25th, 2012

HAMILTON — Touched down in Hamilton earlier tonight, and it was absolutely gorgeous. The temperature was a balmy 21 C at 7 p.m. Unfortunately, it won’t be that nice on Saturday afternoon, as rain and a high of 7 C are expected for the final game at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

That being said, let’s look at Thursday in Bomberland …

• The 42-man roster came into focus on Day 3 of practice. It was already known that Jason Vega, Demond Washington and Kenny Mainor are out with injuries, and it looks like Doug Pierce will take a seat so Terrence Edwards can return. Bryant Turner and Youri Yenga will replace Vega and Mainor on the D-line, and it looks like Deon Beasley will go on the roster to be the sixth defensive back and kick returner.

• The media chatted with new SAM linebacker Johnny Sears, who seems excited to play. In fact, he said he’ll play anywhere the team wants him to play. “As long as I’m playing I’m with it, no matter where it is: corner, halfback, SAM, safety. I’m willing to do it. As long as it helps the team win, I’m all for it.”

• It’s about time Sears got a crack at SAM. He should have been there from Day 1.

• I asked Tim Burke if he would not cut Clint Kent if he could go back and do it all over again. He said he didn’t want to go there. That’s a yes without actually saying it.

• I talked to Jovon Johnson about his season on social media, which has had the same ups and downs as his play. I’ll have that story in Friday’s Sun.

• The defensive line, for the most part, will feature Fernand Kashama at one end spot, JT Gilmore and Andre Caroll on the inside, and either Bryant Turner or Youri Yenga on the outside. Turner was a defensive end until he got to Winnipeg, so he’s looking forward to going back there. He also wouldn’t mind finishing the season with a few more sacks. He had five in the first three games but only one in the next 10.

• Mike Renaud was hoofing some gorgeous punts during practice on Thursday.

• I picked up a Hamilton Spectator when I got to the hotel, and there’s a column from Steve Milton on the fact that Ticats fans still don’t know where their team is playing next season. The guessing is the Ticats don’t have a clue either, but president Scott Mitchell says everything is just being kept quiet because of the intense negotiations that are ongoing. They’re going to end up playing ain a university stadium somewhere in the area, and they’re going to lose a lot of money.

• The Hamilton Spectator’s Drew Edwards is reporting that linebacker Jamall Johnson is unlikely to return to the lineup after missing two games with back spasms, while defensive back Bo Smith will probably play after being sidelined for 10 games with a leg injury.

• Edwards also reported that, as of Thursday afternoon, there were still 1,500 tickets remaining for Saturday’s Ivor Wynne sendoff. Team officials are confident they’ll be able to sell it out, however.

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