Dominant Bomber defensive tackle Doug Brown did not take the pre-game warm-up and will not play tonight against the Edmonton Eskimos.
Brown accompanied the team to Edmonton even though he had been battling flu symptoms and was supposed to be green lighted for the game.
But he complained of a headache on the team flight and, even though the team allowed him to skip Wednesday’s walk-through practice, he apparently took a turn for the worse today in the hours leading up to the game.
That means the Bombers will be without their two starting defensive tackles tonight as veteran Tyrone Williams is on the one-game injured list.
The Bombers have five defensive linemen dressed: Gavin Walls, Don Oramasionwu, Dorian Smith, Fred Perry and Shawn Mayne. It’s possible the Bombers may revert to more of a 3-4 (three defensive linemen, four linebackers) set to compensate for Brown’s absence. The trickle-down effect also means Arjei Franklin will start at receiver.