The Winnipeg Blue Bombers got a bit of a scare at practice Thursday morning when starting right offensive tackle Andre Douglas fell awkwardly on the field at Canad Inns Stadium and had to be helped off the field.
The injury, which occurred during the first of two sessions on Thursday, took place when Douglas appeared to fall hard on his left hip during a field goal cover drill.
Douglas later returned to the sidelines, where he stood without equipment for the second session. Head coach Paul LaPolice said after practice that Douglas’s injury is not considered serious.
"We’ll see how he is tomorrow. He said he felt much better after practice. But we’ll keep an eye on him," said LaPolice.
"He hurt himself during the special teams period, which doesn’t usually happen often to an offensive lineman."
Interestingly, the Bombers had OL Paul Swiston -- their fourth rounder in 2011 who spent all last year on the injured list -- practise in place of Douglas on Thursday, instead of their highly touted first rounder from last month’s draft, Tyson Pencer.
Douglas’s injury was the latest in a string of minor injuries that have dogged the Bombers this week. Also on Thursday, DB Alex Suber sat out practice (but was on the field) with an undisclosed injury, while LB Rene Stephan complained of a sore Achilles after the first session and sat out the second.
RB Carl Volny (knee) and S Brady Browne (hamstring) were both on the field and wearing helmets, but kept their activity to running and did not take part in any team drills. LaPolice said the team will remain cautious with those two players.
And finally, LB Marcellus Bowman (leg) missed practice for the third day in a row, while DB Brandon Stewart (ankle) followed his usual pattern of practising in the first session and taking the second off.
Put it altogether and it sounds like a lot of injuries, but LaPolice said he’s pleased with the overall state of his team’s health.
"We’ve actually been pretty good over the course of training camp so far with the injuries. So knock on wood," said LaPolice.
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FIELDNOTES -- DB Demond Washington had a pair of interceptions on Thursday. DB Darrell Pasco, S Dan West and DB Jeremy McGee also had INTs... WR Chris Matthews made the catch of the day, hauling in a Justin Goltz sideline pass with Washington draped all over him... The entire training camp roster went to Silver City Polo Park Wednesday night to take in the movie, The Avengers... QB Buck Pierce was overthrowing the deep ball on Thursday.