May 28, 2015


Latest News

Bomber roster shuffles again, Rouse leaves for NFL

Another day, another roster adjustment or three for a Winnipeg Blue Bombers squad in extreme makeover mode.

Not long after announcing that Will Ford will replace Chad Simpson (foot) at running back in Sunday’s Banjo Bowl against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, head coach Tim Burke confirmed that new safety Aaron Rouse – who arrived Thursday – has already left the club for another NFL opportunity.

Newcomer Aaron Rouse, who spent four seasons as a defensive back in the NFL, is being considered for a job at linebacker by Winnipeg’s brain trust.

WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Newcomer Aaron Rouse, who spent four seasons as a defensive back in the NFL, is being considered for a job at linebacker by Winnipeg’s brain trust. Photo Store

"He has interest from some NFL teams and that was the agreement we made with him when he came up, we would allow him to pursue those," said Burke. "Hopefully we get him back soon. That’s the nature of the CFL."

Rouse, via his Twitter account, said: "I'd like to Thank the WinnipegBlueBombers Organization/Fans/Town for the Great Hospitality. Good Luck on the season!"

Burke said Ford will step in for Simpson, who pulled up lame in last weekend’s Labour Day Classic – apparently re-injuring the foot that has given him trouble in the past.

"We’re getting mixed messages from the docs so we’re just trying to figure out which is the correct message," said Burke.

"Chad is more of a power-type runner where Will is more finesse, he’s got a little more shake and bake. He’s a little faster. I think of Will as being a great broken-field runner. He can cut, he can accelerate real fast and if he gets into the open field he’s a danger to go all the way."

Burke said new receiver Mike Sims-Walker will dress as one of the team’s three designated imports and will be gradually introduced into the game. Meanwhile, receiver Jade Etienne has been cleared to practice, but not play and will be on the injured list. Rory Kohlert, who missed the Labour Day game, will step back into the starting lineup for Etienne.

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @WFPEdTait

 

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Scroll down to load more

Top