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