Career in jeopardy

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

Just when he was coming on strong, Cory Olynick suffered an injury that could end his season before it starts.

In fact, it could even end his CFL career.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back suffered a torn Achilles tendon during warmups for yesterday's Blue-White scrimmage at Canad Inns Stadium.

"One of the realities of our game is that we play in a very vicious sport," said head coach Jim Daley. "And unfortunately, Cory Olynick -- who had a great practice (Saturday) and electrified the crowd with his catches and everything else -- in warmup, in a non-contact activity, it looks like he tore his Achilles. That would be a major, major injury. It's very unfortunate. He put his foot down and the Achilles popped and everyone in proximity could hear it."

Doctors will give the 2003 draft pick a thorough examination this morning.

The Bombers will now either be on the lookout for another Canadian running back to replace him or use a free safety, linebacker or receiver to replace Olynick on special teams. That could increase the chances of a John Sullivan, Scott Mennie or Gilles Colon of cracking the squad.

"We're very fortunate that we have (running back) Jarrett Smith here but we would certainly look at, if there's one available, a Canadian running back to compete for that spot," Daley said. "Our special teams situation is that we could have kept Cory and Jarrett, and one of them would have been the primary backup to (tailback) Charlie (Roberts)."

HOG WILD: Daley was wild about the Hogs during yesterday's scrimmage.

"Our offensive line protected the passer well," he said.

"There probably would have been three or four hits on the quarterback if it was live and there would have been one bust where Lamar McGriggs would have laid the quarterback out. To have one bust this early in camp, in terms of pass protection, is actually pretty good. And, for the most part, our running backs were not contacted until they got three yards downfield."

Defenders were not allowed to hit any of the QBs.

BACK AT IT: In only his second day at camp, OL Devin Rodger, a well-known combatant from yesteryear, squared off with DL Martin Lapostolle during the scrimmage.

"It sure showed the intensity of those two men and for the most part, most of our players," Daley said. "As much as the fighting is a concern, it was also an indicator of the tempo of practice because it was pretty intense out there."

HASHMARKS: WRs Elgin Hicks and Gilles Colon (groin pulls) and LB Tony Ortiz (back spasms) were forced to sit out the scrimmage ... Daley said his players benefited from having CFL-trained officials in camp the past two days ... Toronto has invited Canadian QB Tom Denison, who tried out for Winnipeg last year, to camp.


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