THE 2-10 Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Wednesday held their final full practice at Investors Group Field in advance of Friday night's home date against the 8-4 B.C. Lions.
Just as they've done all week, the Bombers once again rested a few starters at practice, with defensive back Demond Washington and defensive lineman Kenny Mainor both getting maintenance days on Wednesday.
Bombers head coach Tim Burke said nothing in particular was ailing either man -- or any of the other starters who've gotten maintenance days this week.
"It's just a matter of resting guys who are tired," said Burke. "It's nothing -- it's just guys whose bodies are starting to wear down."
One player who hasn't gotten a day off this week is starting QB Max Hall, who will need all the practice he can get this week in advance of facing a B.C. Lions secondary which is tied for the league lead in interceptions and are second in passing yards surrendered.
Burke said a B.C. secondary full of CFL veterans has married nicely this season with a defence orchestrated by defensive guru Rich Stubler.
"They're pretty good. Their whole defence is good," said Burke.
"He needs veteran guys in his system because it's really complex and they make a lot of changes on the fly..."
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It turns out the Bombers made a bit of history in squandering a 20-point lead and losing 35-27 to the Edmonton Eskimos last Friday at Investors Group Field.
League statistician Steve Daniel wrote in his weekly report on Wednesday that the lead was the largest a Winnipeg team had blown since the league began keeping such detailed records in 1994 -- and just the 10th time any CFL team had blown such a large lead in that period.
Daniel said the previous biggest lead a Winnipeg team had blown since 1994 was the 17-point lead they squandered in a 34-31 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sept. 7, 2008.
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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed import quarterback Stephen McGee.
The 6-3, 218-pound native of Round Rock, Texas, joins the Ticats after spending three seasons with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and attending training camp with the Houston Texans earlier this year.
McGee was selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. In three appearances with the Cowboys, he threw for 420 passing yards and three touchdowns while adding 102 rushing yards.
During his four-year NCAA career at Texas A&M, McGee threw for 5,475 yards and 28 touchdowns while rushing for 2,196 yards and 11 touchdowns.
-- with files from The Canadian Press