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Bombers cut roster to 59 players

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers brought down the axe today, cutting a dozen players, as the club gets poised to begin the regular season next Friday in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats.

And the cutting isn’t done yet.

Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice has trimmed his roster to 59 players from 71, with today’s cuts, but still needs to get down to 53 — a 46-man regular season roster, plus 7-man practice roster — by the league deadline of 2 p.m. Saturday.

"This is not a fun day for coaches," LaPolice said late Friday afternoon. "You control a lot of people’s livelihoods. But that’s what you sign up for. If you treat people fairly and you’re honest with them, hopefully they handle it well."

Following a 30-23 loss at Canad Inns Stadium Thursday night to the Toronto Argonauts, the Bombers did not practice Friday and LaPolice said they will not practice again until Monday.

Here’s the list of Bombers players cut Friday:

Import offensive tackle Marlon Winn

Non-import offensive lineman Matt Morencie

Non-import wide receiver David McKoy

Non-import wide receiver Josh Bishop

Import wide receiver Alex Watson

Import wide receiver Damian Sherman

Import linebacker Rico McCoy

Non-import defensive lineman Shawn Mayne

Import defensive end Kenny Mainor

Import defensive end Bryant Turner

Import defensive back Arrington Hicks

Non-import kicker Rene Paredes

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