MONTREAL - Just call him Bad Finger.
Despite being bothered by a dislocated finger on his throwing hand, Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo threw for 450 yards in a losing cause to Toronto last week.
“It held in there,” Calvillo said Wednesday. “There wasn’t much soreness after the game or during the game. So, I was very pleased with that.”
But he still has to rehab the digit.
“The key to this is doing those little dumb exercises (wiggles finger) to make sure that the ligament stays strong because if it’s not strong, there’s definitely a possibility of it happening again,” Calvillo said as he wiggled that finger. “And it’s something I definitely don’t want.”
Calvillo did fumble one ball away but felt it had more to do with the humidity than the finger.
Calvillo is now anxious to rebound against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers here on Thursday night.
“Of course, there’s a lot of pride in this locker room and we want to continue winning ball games,” he said. “It’s an Eastern opponent and this game could be huge coming down to the end of the season.”
NO AVON: Calvillo will be without veteran tailback Avon Cobourne, a sudden scratch due to an ankle problem and will be replaced by Brandon Whitaker, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound Baylor product.
“Brandon has played very well for us intermittently,” said Montreal head coach Marc Trestman.
“The Whitaker kid’s a very good tailback and he’s going to want to show what he can do in the absence so, I’m sure he’ll perform very well,” said Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice. “We just can’t afford to allow them to run the ball consistently.”
NO SOURPUSS: Former Bomber QB Ricky Santos has gotten over his anger over being released by Winnipeg on the eve of training camp.
“I guess I was a little sour when it all happened because I didn’t get a chance to prove myself and show if all the hard work I did in the off-season paid off,” he said. “But that’s in the past and I’m back in Montreal, which is a great organization.
“It was a little frustrating at first because I thought I could have done something in coach LaPolice’s system and they told me I was going to have a chance. But they made their decision and we parted ways and I wish them all the best, except when they’re playing us.”
NEW BLOOD?: It will be interesting to see how Bomber rookie wide receiver Jamayel Smith fares Thursday. With a shaky start to his first game and rookie pass catcher Terence Jeffers-Harris out for another four or five weeks, you can expect the Bombers to bring in more receivers after the bye week. There are already rumours that they have signed one with CFL experience.
“He had a drop on an easy ball,” LaPolice said. “He’s been here almost since the end of training camp so there shouldn’t be a nervous factor. I know there’s nerves with the crowd and everything, but just go out and play the game.”
HASHMARKS: The Bombers have added import LB Merrill Johnson and import DT Moton Hopkins, who will replace import PK Louie Sakoda and import DB Brandon Stewart on the roster. New PK Justin Palardy will replace non-import LB Chris Smith … LB Pierre-Luc Labbe had to find 22 tickets for friends and family for Thursday’s match.