August 22, 2017


11° C, Partly cloudy

Full Forecast


Advertise With Us

Bomber lineup for Friday's game still in flux

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 23/7/2013 (1490 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Wide receiver Chris Matthews had a setback at Winnipeg Blue Bombers practice today and will almost certainly not play versus Calgary on Friday, but defensive lineman Bryant Turner looks good to go.

Turner, who missed the last two games for Winnipeg with strained chest ligaments, took almost all the first team reps at today's practice and afterward proclaimed himself fit and ready to go.

Chris Matthews makes a catch before pulling out of practice today.


Chris Matthews makes a catch before pulling out of practice today.

"I'm feeling much better and I believe I'm ready to play. And I'm pretty sure I am playing," Turner said after practice at Investors Group Field.

Bombers head coach Tim Burke said Turner is "probable" to go on Friday and he said Turner's return couldn't come at a better time as the Bombers prepare to face a very strong Calgary Stampeders running game led by tailback Jon Cornish.

"He's very important, especially in this gameplan against Calgary because they're a very good run team," said Burke.

Meanwhile, Matthews -- who missed last week's game with a bad back -- returned to practice today but didn't last long, pulling up lame about halfway through the session and withdrawing.

Burke said Matthews is now unlikely to play on Friday. He said defensive lineman JT Gilmore is also likely out again for this Friday.

But Burke said non-import receiver Kito Poblah looks good to go and will likely see his first action of the 2013 regular season on Friday.

Returner Aaron Woods, who the Bombers acquired a couple weeks ago, is also expected to make his first CFL appearance on Friday on special teams.

The biggest question surrounding the Bombers lineup on Friday - who will start at quarterback - remains unresolved, however.

Backup Justin Goltz took all the first-team reps at practice today, while Buck Pierce - who's still being bothered by abdominal soreness - was restricted to light throwing.

Burke told reporters that whoever takes the first team QB reps for Winnipeg at practice on Wednesday will be the starter on Friday night.

Read more by Paul Wiecek.


Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Photo Store

Scroll down to load more