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Winnipeg Blue Bombers Glenn January takes a break at practice at Investors Group Field.

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The only constant at Investors Group Field these days is constant change and today was no different as the revolving door that is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers continued to spin.

The Bombers today added to their practice roster a new running back in Bradley Randle -- a recent cut of the Minnesota Vikings -- and yet another new offensive lineman in Canadian Terriss Paliwoda, who was most recently with the Argos this spring.

The Bombers also cut RB Shawnbrey McNeal, whose time in Winnipeg lasted the grand total of eight days on the practice roster.

Layered on top of that, the team also announced some new starters and position changes for Friday night's '2-9 Bowl' at IGF between the Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos.

Newly acquired offensive linemen Dan Knapp and Jarvis Jones -- a pair of imports the team only signed on Tuesday and who have never played before in the CFL -- will start at right tackle and left tackle respectively against the Eskimos, head coach Tim Burke said today.

"It will be tough because they haven't played in awhile. And the other thing is they're probably going to see some things (in the CFL) that they haven't seen before," said Burke.

While injured veteran tackle Glenn January returned to practice today, Burke said January's still too banged up to count on for this week.

"We want to go into a game with two healthy linemen. We don't want to go through what we went through last week," said Burke, referencing his club's loss in Edmonton last Saturday in which two Bombers offensive linemen went down and the team had a defensive lineman in Jake Thomas playing guard to finish the game.

On top of all those changes, Bombers cornerback Jovon Johnson will also be making his first start at safety since 2011 Friday night in place of injured Cauchy Muamba; Marty Markett will start at Johnson's spot at corner; and newcomer Akeem Foster - acquired just last week from B.C. in the Buck Pierce trade -- will start at slotback in place of injured Cory Watson.

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Updated on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 3:01 PM CDT: Picture change.

10:04 PM: Tweaks lineup info.

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