Bombers play it safe with Lysack

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

Joe Fleming and Scott Regimbald are in, but Wes Lysack will have to wait at least a week.

Lysack, the safety acquired from the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday along with Fleming and Regimbald, bruised his thigh during his first practice with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Tuesday.

"It's frustrating," Lysack said. "Obviously I wanted to come in and help out, contribute right away. I just got a knee or something ... a charleyhorse, basically. I'm at the point now where I physically can't run, because it kind of shuts down. If it was just a pain issue, it'd be all right. But it's unable to do it."

Lysack hopes to miss just one game.

That means only Fleming, a defensive lineman, and Regimbald, a fullback, will make their Blue and Gold debuts tomorrow night in B.C. against the Lions.

"Rather than have him go in half prepared, we'll wait until next week," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said of Lysack, a Winnipeg product. "He should be ready to practise Monday."

As a result, Geoff Drover will start at safety against the Lions.

Coming off the roster for Fleming and Regimbald are DT Melvin Bradley and OL Todd Krenbrink, respectively. The other three moves are WR Markus Howell on for WR Kamau Peterson (knee), DB Boyd Barrett on for S Joe Morgan (shoulder), and DB Jayson Bray on for DB Stephen Fisher (hamstrings).

Non-import WR Gilles Colon will get his first career start in place of Peterson, and Howell will be the fifth receiver.

CLASSY MOVE: When DB Markese Fitzgerald met Lysack for the first time on Monday night at Hooters, Lysack mentioned that he hoped no one on the Bombers wore No. 31.

"I just laughed at him," said Fitzgerald, who, of course, wore No. 31.

Fitzgerald had no qualms giving up the number to Lysack, who, following the pro sports tradition, bought the digits for a couple hundred bucks.

Instead of accepting the cash, however, Fitzgerald donated it to the Mazur family, whose van rolled near Minnedosa on Aug. 12. The accident caused the family's father, Piotr, to be paralyzed from the waist down, and the Polish-Americans are facing huge medical bills when they return home to Chicago.

Piotr, his wife and two daughters visited the Bombers locker-room on Wednesday, so Fitzgerald passed the cash on to them.

"(The number) was nothing I was really worried about anyway," said Fitzgerald, who's now sporting No. 39.

AMAZING: Daley has been impressed with Howell, who this week made the switch back to his natural position of receiver after almost two months at cornerback.

"I'm amazed how he can go from defence for the last seven weeks ... and in three practices look like he did today at receiver," Daley said. "I'm amazed by his learning ability. Amazed by it. I told him that after.

"I'm amazed by how he so quickly adapted. You can't do that without football smarts."

LATE HITS: The Bombers are 2-5 on the road ... Both the Bombers and the Lions are 4-3 against West Division opponents ... Lions QB Dave Dickenson will dress tomorrow night for the first time since aggravating his knee injury July 2. Casey Printers will start.


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