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-- GALLANT GONE: The Bombers' special teams took a major hit Wednesday when it was officially announced that non-import Shawn Gallant was placed on the nine-game injured list. Gallant, who led the club with 30 special-teams tackles in 2009 and was named captain of the unit this year, has knee trouble and needed to take a breather.

"The thing we try to get, like everything else, is consistency on special teams, and that is the hardest thing to achieve, because the roster changes so much," Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice said. "Hopefully, he can still be a good teacher and mentor in the classroom for the next couple weeks."

The Bombers hope Brady Browne, who can once again focus on special teams now that safety Ian Logan is back in the lineup, will pick up the slack left by the loss of Gallant. The Bombers have also taken a more proactive measure in covering for the loss of Gallant. Three veteran Canadian special teamers -- Gallant, LS Taylor Inglis, and KR Markus Howell -- spoke to the young Canadians on the club of the importance of the special-teams game in the CFL. Gallant has just two special-teams tackles this year.

 

-- ON THE BRINK: With QB Buck Pierce still on the shelf and QB Steven Jyles as the No. 1 option heading into Week 5, rookie QB Alex Brink is on deck again. LaPolice said Brink has been given a game plan close to what the starters get, and that if a situation arises where he has to go into the game, he's expected to execute it.

"He performed well in the pre-season game and he performed well in camp -- that's why he's here," LaPolice said.

The coach said Brink basically has the same playbook as Jyles, with a few wrinkles to play more to his strengths. The third-string pivot, Joey Elliott, has a stripped-down version of the book and is only expected to master those as his CFL initiation moves forward.

"You have to have all those contingency plans -- I think when you don't, you're not very prepared," said LaPolice.

 

-- LOOKING AHEAD: Jyles is looking forward to his second straight start in Blue and Gold and knows it won't be any easier. Calgary has some film on the 27-year-old and will be well versed in the tendencies of the athletic pivot. Watching his friend (Saskatchewan QB Darian Durant) take a pounding in the Stamps' convincing 40-20 win Saturday night, Jyles was impressed with the Calgary defence. Having said that...

"They got to him a few times and they got some licks on him, but Durant still had success, I think," Jyles said. "He threw for (354) yards. He just had a few turnovers and some guys on defence made some good plays."

On the other side, the Bombers' QB has the advantage of seeing how dangerous the Stamps' defence can be. "Any team I face... I'm still a young quarterback," Jyles said. "Their biggest thing is to try to confuse me; give me different looks and bring pressure. See how I react to pressure."

 

-- Adam Wazny

Serna's leg

For the second straight day, P Mike Renaud sat out of practice with a sore knee. K Alexis Serna handled the punting duties and he'll be the guy for the Bombers if Renaud can't go Saturday.

More injuries

KR Markus Howell (hamstring) and SB Terrence Edwards (back) joined the growing list of walking wounded in Bomberland Wednesday. Both are expected to be ready for the Stamps, though.

Quotable

"I would say we're probably 90 per cent sure Steven will start." -- Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice on who his quarterback will be against Calgary.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 29, 2010 C3

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