MONTREAL – Bit of a surprise here this morning when Alouette head coach Marc Trestman announced that gifted tailback Avon Cobourne would not suit up Thursday night against the Bombers because of a bum ankle.
That’s a huge break for The Bomb Squad, no matter how hard the Als try to sell everybody on the gifts of Cobourne’s replacement, Brandon Whitaker.
Cobourne leads Montreal in rushing and has 29 catches as well, making him a dangerous dual threat out of the backfield. Whitaker, well, he’s been around for two years primarily on the Alouette practice roster. Interestingly, Whitaker refused to do interviews today. Whatever.
Talked to Calvillo today and noticed he wasn’t wearing any tape on the index finger of his throwing hand. Said the dislocated digit that popped back in did bother him a bit last week, but he still managed to throw for 450 yards in the loss to Toronto.
Calvillo, FYI, will tie the Alouette record for games played. He was asked about that today and here are his thoughts on the record and his appreciation for some of his many accomplishments as his career nears its twilight:
The Bombers rolled in from Winnipeg in the afternoon and it was odd to see them do their walk-thru practice at their downtown hotel with all the players still in shirts and ties after the flight. Most of the media were quizzing players about this apparent David vs. Goliath match-up and Doug Brown weighs in on that (sorry for the angle, I’m 6-1 but still have to look waaaay up to the big guy):
Winnipeg will make just a couple of lineup changes, adding new kicker Justin Palardy with reserve linebacker Chris Smith sitting while linebacker Merrill Johnson is on the active roster in place of Louie Sakoda. Keep an eye on Johnson to monitor his playing time. The Bombers are indicating that Joe Lobendahn has been battling injuries, but management must be concerned with his play as his sideline-to-sideline range doesn’t seem as great as it once was.
Here’s head coach Paul LaPolice during his media scrum at the team hotel:
-- Ed Tait