Blue Bomber Report Record: 6–6–0

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Injured Bombers slowly returning to work

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Head coach Mike O’Shea said at practice this morning at Investors Group Field the time off is good for letting his banged-up Bombers to heal.

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Head coach Mike O’Shea said at practice this morning at Investors Group Field the time off is good for letting his banged-up Bombers to heal. Photo Store

With two pre-season games already in the rearview mirror, the Blue Bombers took to the field on Tuesday and started to look ahead.

Due to a quirk of CFL scheduling, the Bombers have an almost two-week wait between last Saturday’s exhibition tilt in Calgary and the June 26 season opener at home against Toronto. On the plus side, head coach Mike O’Shea said, that gap would allow the banged-up Bombers to heal. "I think this time frame between games is pretty beneficial in that regard," O’Shea said. "We should get a good amount of bodies back in that time."

Already, the wounded are starting to return. Canadian slotback Cory Watson made his return to the field on Tuesday, after being out since June 1 with a hamstring injury. "It was frustrating, because you want to be out there and get a feel of how things will be," said Watson, who has struggled to stay healthy in recent seasons. "But the one good thing was it was early in the season, and hopefully I won’t miss any games."

Offensive lineman Paul Swiston was back, his first practice since wrestling with off-season shoulder surgery, and running back Will Ford took some reps. So did receiver Nick Moore and defensive back Johnny Sears. Still out are a laundry list of players, including Donovan Alexander, Jesse Briggs, Dan West, Maurice Leggett, tailback Paris Cotton, Marty Marett, Alex Suber, receiver Rory Kohlert and Donavon Kemp.

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