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Bombers prepare for Monday game as strike prospect looms

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are proceeding with business as usual -- business being two more days of training camp before Monday’s preseason home date against the Toronto Argonauts.

But the storm clouds continue to gather on the ongoing labour impasse between the league and the CFL Players’ Association, so much so now there has been speculation the game could be in jeopardy if the Bombers or Argos decide to strike.

Seven of the nine CFL teams have already taken strike votes, with the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders scheduled to have theirs Saturday afternoon between noon-6 p.m. That means the earliest the Alberta-based clubs could take action would be next Tuesday. But Sportsnet is reporting non-Alberta based players could be picketing as early as this Sunday – a move that could affect Monday’s game.

"In my mind there’s a game on Monday," said Bomber head coach Mike O’Shea. "You can’t speculate."

Asked if having just one preseason game might affect his planning or evaluating, O’Shea added:

"I don’t think it changes anything. We’re going to evaluate the players that put the plays on film and go from there. It’s not really worthwhile speculating on it. We coach the game, coach the players and evaluate from there."

Interestingly, Bombers CFLPA rep Glenn January was not at practice on Friday. O’Shea said he was excused from practice, but it was not CBA related.

ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @WFPEdTait

 

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