THE Bombers cut a dozen players on Thursday to meet the CFL roster deadline. Here's the dirt on what went down:
DB Patrick Body*
WR Terry Firr
OL Jean-Francois Morin-Roberge
OL Matt O'Meara
RB Joe Smith*
DB Ronyell Whitaker*
OL Thaddeus Coleman*
LB Jasper Johnson*
DB Nick Kordic
DE Montez Murphy*
DE Chase Ortiz*
LB Neil Ternovatsky
DL Aaron McConnell*
SEVEN NEWCOMERS WHO MADE THE SQUAD:
RB Lavarus Giles: Big, speedy, younger and cheaper version of Smith who was dynamite in camp.
LB Jonathan Hefney: Can play corner, safety and linebacker and return kicks. High-energy guy who would fill in at guard if asked.
DB Brady Browne: Kamikaze-type Canadian and U of M product the coaches absolutely love.
P Mike Renaud: What's not to like right now? He's Canadian and he can punt.
RB Yvenson Bernard: Fred Reid and Giles make it tough for him to get on the active roster right now, but he's shown flashes.
DT Don Oramasionwu: Former Bison is still green, but will be groomed by Richard Harris.
DT/DE Dorian Smith: Spent three weeks on the Bombers practice roster last season; another Oregon State product recommended by Mike Riley.
NEW FACES -- CFL EXPERIENCE:
OL Steve Morley (Saskatchewan, Toronto)
OL Lorne Plante (B.C.)
DT Tyrone Williams (B.C.)
WR Adarius Bowman (Saskatchewan)
SB Brock Ralph (Edmonton, Hamilton)
LB Siddeeq Shabazz (Edm.)
QB Stefan LeFors (Edmonton)
QB Richie Williams (Hamilton)
OL Glenn January (Saskatchewan, Toronto)
OL Kelly Bates (B.C.)
DB Keyuo Craver (Edmonton)
OL Luke Fritz (Montreal)
DB Shawn Gallant (Montreal, Wpg., Ottawa, Saskatchewan)
DE Riall Johnson (Toronto)
DB James Johnson (Saskatchewan)
DE Fred Perry (Edmonton, Saskatchewan)
DB Brandon Stewart (Calgary)
DB Lenny Walls (Calgary)
NOTABLE CUTS FROM AROUND THE CFL:
RB Tyler Ebell
DL J.P. Bekasiak
DE Brandon Guillory
(RB Kenton Keith was placed on the nine-game injured list)
QB Brad Banks
LB Reggie Hunt
DL Seante Williams
(RB Wes Cates and OL Gene Makowsky were placed on injured list)