Bombers to wait for Tee time

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

The highly anticipated debut of Tee Martin will have to wait.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback has a sore right knee, which means he won't play tomorrow night when the Blue and Gold play their first exhibition game in Edmonton against the Eskimos.

Martin, the former NFL pivot who joined the Bombers last September but didn't play, injured the joint on Tuesday and sat out yesterday's practice.

He will visit the doctor today.

"He just felt stiff in the knee, but he doesn't know what it is," head coach Jim Daley said. "Those things need evaluation. We are going to be cautious with that."

Other than Martin's absence, there were no surprises with the 58-player roster that the Bombers will go with tomorrow night.

RB Charles Roberts, SB Milt Stegall, DT Doug Brown and DT Joe Fleming are not going, nor are injured players LB Tony Ortiz (back), DT Doug Goodwin (calf), WR Vinny Sutherland (hamstring), RB Marvin Townes (groin) and LB Ron Ockimey (groin).

The only other healthy scratches are Manitoba Bisons QB Jon Hooton, who will remain with the team for another week, and OL Jean-Francois Ostiguy.

BREEDLOVE BOUNCED: Highly touted OL Kevin Breedlove was released yesterday.

Breedlove, who has had stints with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hasn't fully recovered from shoulder surgery last year and was ineffective in camp.

That leaves Ryan Bachman and Junior Louissaint battling for the left guard position.

"Bachman and Louissaint have done pretty good," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said. "So we'll see how they play Friday."

ROSTER WOES: Taman yesterday contacted the CFL head office, hoping to catch a break for the first cut-down day on Monday.

Teams can keep no more than 50 players, excluding this year's draft picks. But that number includes injured players, including running back Cory Olynick, who's out for the season after tearing an Achilles tendon.

"This Olynick thing drives me nuts," Taman said. "Why do we have to account for a guy that's not going to be here? They're adamant, right now, that they're not going to change that. It's a quirky CFL rule we have to deal with."

Without the extra roster room, the Bombers will be hard-pressed to keep someone like Sutherland around for the second pre-season game.

Sutherland has looked good, but a hamstring injury won't let him play in Edmonton tomorrow.

"The clock's ticking quick," Taman said. "We gotta cut (16) guys on the weekend, so whether or not we can afford to have him next game, we'll have to wait and see."

HASHMARKS: Yesterday's practice was the final one for WR Simon Blaszczak and DL Jeff Noga, who will return to the Winnipeg Rifles junior club ... Oops! Bombers DB Omar Evans is only 27 years old. Incorrect information appeared yesterday.


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