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Offensive lineman Steve Morley misses Bomber practice, expects to play Thursday

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive lineman Steve Morley missed practice today with a hamstring injury but is still expected to start at centre for his team’s regular season opener this Thursday against the Toronto Argonauts.

Morley was a spectator at Bombers practice at Investors Group Field today and head coach Mike O’Shea said afterward that Morley has a hamstring injury.

"He has a little tweak in his hamstring," O’Shea told reporters. "Steve expects to play. I mean we will have to assess it as we go along, but I talked to him today and yeah I expect him to play, he wants to play, he expects to play.

"Once again, if he’s able to, we’ll see. But he wants to -- so that’s a good thing."

The Bombers are already banged up on defence heading into Thursday’s game, with three projected starters -- cornerback Donovan Alexander, linebacker Kory Banks and halfback Alex Suber -- all sitting out this week with assorted ailments.

And the Bombers injury woes don’t end there. O’Shea said both his tailbacks -- veteran Will Ford and rookie Nic Grigsby -- are also still less than a hundred percent this week and it still remains to be seen which one will start versus Toronto.

O’Shea seemed to suggest Grigsby is still pencilled in as the starter, but Ford -- who missed almost all of training camp before coming back last week -- remains an option.

"Because Nic was banged up, we’re still trying to see how he is at the last possible moment, right? That’s why Will is on the reserve -- so he’s ready to go if we have to go that way," said O’Shea.

Yardsticks... The Bombers announced today that they have added non-import linebacker Kyle Norris to their practice roster. Norris was drafted 24th overall in the 2013 CFL draft by the Edmonton Eskimos and spent last season with the Esks...The online gambling site bodog.ca has pegged Winnipeg’s over-under for wins in 2014 at 6.5. The expansion Ottawa Redblacks are rock-bottom at 6 wins, while Calgary and BC have the highest over-under at 11 wins.

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