Are these bye weeks longer than regular weeks, or do they just seem that way? Geesh. It feels like the Bombers haven’t played in a month. Having said that, a 2-6 record has a certain drag to it, too. Anyway, the club returns to the field Tuesday in preparation for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the annual carnival that is the Labour Day Classic. Once that day arrives, we should know a few things:
- Like who the new players on the practice roster are. The club has promised there will be at least three new players in the mix -- a defensive tackle, an offensive tackle, and a wide receiver. No names yet, but there is something interesting about those players and the positions they play. Ask any fan what they think the number one hole on the club is right now and they'll point to the linebacker group. Wide receiver and offensive lineman are on the wish list, but not as high as the LB area. DT probably doesn’t even make the top five.
- Is Dudley Guice Jr. in Winnipeg? The wideout was released by the Indianapolis Colts Saturday.
- How is QB Buck Pierce and his right knee? Head coach Paul LaPolice said Pierce "ran around" Sunday but no decision will be made on his status for the LDC until after a full week of practice. Mobility is the big issue. If he’s not the Pierce from the first two games of the season, then the coaches don’t want to put him out there. They already made that mistake in Week 7 versus Hamilton. Yes, get ready for more ‘Will he or won’t he?’ talk, people.
- Is anyone coming back from injury? Yes! Two players, for sure. S Ian Logan and LB Marcellus Bowman should be back on the field Tuesday. Great news for the Bomber defence. Logan will help settle a occasionally manic secondary, while Bowman – who is just a rookie, remember – should help the Bombers defend the small stuff underneath.
- Can the Bombers catch a break in the schedule and play someone who might be napping? With the Roughriders’ loss in Edmonton, Winnipeg now faces a rival who will be completely focused on getting a win – instead of feeling good about their game. It’s not the first time this has happened this year. Week 2: Winnipeg faces a winless Toronto team and loses. Week 3: Winnipeg faces a winless Hamilton team. The result is a loss. Week 6: Versus the Ticats again (who were coming off a loss). Same result. Week 8: Winnipeg drops a game to Montreal, who lost the week before to the Argos.