The Bombers sputtering offence lost one of its few firing engines today, as a practice accident sent slotback Cory Watson hobbling off the field.
What was worse: the injury happened on the very last play of practice, when safety Dan West hauled Watson down hard. After checking on the injury with his staff – it’s a wounded hamstring -- Bombers coach Tim Burke made his displeasure clear in very few words.
"I’m going to not answer anything about that, because I might say something I’ll regret," Burke said, when asked about his feelings towards West. When asked where he drew the line at practicing at game speed, Burke hammered that point home: "Hurting your own teammates."
The injury will force Bombers staff into a mess of roster moves trying to get the offensive schemes on-line for Friday’s game against the Toronto Argonauts, especially since starters Chris Matthews and Terrence Edwards are also out.
How the personnel matters will all play out, Burke said he’d know better after an emergency personnel meeting this afternoon. "That’s why you don’t hurt your own teammates in the last play in practice for the week," Burke repeated, noting that Watson isn’t just the Bombers’ most potent receiver, but their best blocker as well. "Now, the role Cory had going into the game, we’ll have to re-work the game plan without a practice."
Long snapper Chris Cvetkovic will not play in Friday’s game with a back injury. Ian Wild is the backup long snapper.