Bombers will soldier on without Garrett

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Chris Garrett on the run during first half action in last year's Grey Cup...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Chris Garrett on the run during first half action in last year's Grey Cup game at BC Place in Vancouver. (QMI AGENCY)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

WINNIPEG - There was no sign of injured running back Chris Garrett on Tuesday, but his teammates were asked to talk about losing him for the season.

"It's tough, Chris is a dynamic player and a good person," said Pierce. "I know he'll bounce back from this setback he's had. It happens. Unfortunately, it happens in practice and in games.

"We wish him the best."

With the next-man up philosophy being fostered by the Blue Bombers, head coach LaPolice said the club simply had to soldier on without Garrett.

"I wouldn't call it a setback, but it's a loss," he said.

GREAVES' GOT BACK

LaPolice brought a laugh from the assembled media on Tuesday when answering a question about why he thought Chris Greaves would be able to make a smooth transition from the defensive line to the O-line.

"He had a big butt," said LaPolice. "Low centre of gravity, big frame, long arms and was a physical kid."

THE SPECTATORS

Reporting that a player left practice early has become a common theme, but it's at least some cause for concern when that player is supposed to be the starting left tackle on Friday.

Glenn January, who had returned to the field on Sunday after dealing with a lower-body issue believed to be a hamstring issue, was the player in question on Tuesday as he walked off a bit early with some soreness -- though LaPolice expects him to be ready to play this week.

Defensive end Jason Vega didn't participate but might be an option for Friday, while receiver Cory Watson, linebacker Marcellus Bowman, defensive back Deon Beasley, offensive tackle Andre Douglas and running back Chad Simpson were the others on the sidelines and have been ruled out to play this week.

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