Some news from a sunny, windy Tuesday in Bomberland:
FIRST OFF: The first Gibson’s Finest weekly awards of the season were announced and a Bomber player is on the list. Linebacker Joe Lobendahn earned the defensive player of the week honour for his eight-tackle, two-sack performance in Winnipeg’s 49-29 win over Hamilton last Friday. Others grabbing the (free bottle of whiskey)* awards are Saskatchewan QB Darian Durant (offensive) and SB Andy Fantuz (Canadian), as well as Hamilton KR Marcus Thigpen (special teams).
WELCOME BACK: With a number of defensive backs not in pads today, the Bombers brought Donald Brown Jr. in for another look. Brown, as you might remember, was in camp last month (though he spent some time on the sidelines with injury). The Bombers are in a bit of a DB situation heading into the game with Toronto Friday. Keyuo Craver (more on him in a moment), Brandon Stewart and Alex Suber did not work out today. Lining up for first team reps were Jovon Johnson, Clint Kent, Bernard Hicks, and LaVar Glover. No worries, says Blue head coach Paul LaPolice, unfazed with a new look back there. "If that puts us with more veteran guys on the field, that’d be great. We’ll play with who we have right now."
MORE ROSTER MOVES: Defensive end Armond Willis is a 6-foot-2, 232-pound import played three seasons with Florida International, finishing his career with 66 tackles and five sacks. He’ll go straight to the practice roster. To make room for him, import WR David Ball has been released.
CRAVER DONE: A torn ACL puts an end to his 2010 season, and it came on a fluke play in Friday’s game. Craver, whose veteran presence was a welcome addition to the Bombers secondary, said he was just running in coverage and tried to make a turn, when he knee gave out. That happened three minutes in. He played the rest of the half, but after the doctors took a look at it in the room they told him to stick a fork in it. Not literally, of course.
HEAT EXCHANGE: Not one but two skirmishes at practice. The first one involved a number of large bodies, so it was difficult to pin-point who the main combatants were. The second one was a shoving match between OL Kelly Butler and DT Don Oramasionwu. No punches were thrown in either altercation.
*From Ed Tait: There is no actual prize for being named a player of the week. Seriously.