Gyetvai shocks coaches

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:35 PM ET

The rapid recovery of a veteran Hog has opened up a number of possibilities for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to play with the ratio.

Canadian offensive lineman Dan Gyetvai has shocked the coaches with the way he has continued to improve after a torn ACL ended his season last year. So much so that Gyetvai, not an import, was pencilled in as a starting guard on the 40-man roster the club declared yesterday.

"Dan Gyetvai surprised us in that his recovery from ACL surgery took major strides in showing improvement," said head coach Jim Daley. "The game (Thursday) night showed that Dan Gyetvai was much closer to being full speed technically and execution-wise than we had anticipated. He's way ahead of where he was three weeks ago at the start of camp where he was naturally tentative with that knee. He had a very good game.

"He's a load in there. He's very, very close -- much earlier than we thought -- to regaining the form he had in 2004 before his injury. Right now, we'll give serious thought to playing four Canadians as opposed to three on the O-line, which gives us another American position to have some latitude."

NO BOBO: Contrary to reports elsewhere, the Bombers showed no more desire to welcome Orlando Bobo back to the fold than they did when The Sun first reported that the import OL wanted to end his retirement back on June 1.

"I haven't talked to him," Bomber GM Brendan Taman said yesterday. "Not interested. I don't really give a crap about guys who aren't here."

But Daley confirmed interest in John Feugill, a 6-foot-7, 288-pound import OL who was released by Toronto yesterday.

Meanwhile, Taman is on the lookout for a Canadian receiver because Gilles Colon will be out two weeks with a broken finger. Although Edmonton's Scott Robinson is apparently up for grabs, Taman did not mention any names.

MORE TEE: In his first, albeit brief, appearance in a CFL game, Bomber QB Tee Martin went 3-of-5 for 39 yards and scampered for another 11.

"I just wish I had gone down and gotten seven points," Martin said after Winnipeg's 23-9 pre-season loss to the Edmonton Eskimos. "It's just something we have to work on. We have to get better at that."

Although Martin played the entire third quarter, the ex-NFLer only got three series.

"All of us felt we wanted more time but there's only four quarters and Kevin (Glenn) got the bulk of it in the first half. So, you try to maintain and produce when you have the opportunity to produce. And I tried to do that. I tried to show the coaching staff and the team what I have to offer when I'm out there, and I think I did that."

He did indeed.

"Tee brought some life and spark in his quarter, and he read the defences better (than Spergon Wynn or Russ Michna)," Daley said. "But he only got 11 plays."

OLD MAN: Veteran LB Lamar McGriggs proved he can still get the job done even after celebrating his 37th birthday.

"I'm getting tired of all the reporters calling me old man," he said with a laugh. "I've definitely still got it. I just want to show you what I'm capable of and I'm excited about being in coach (Rod) Rust's defence. Right now, I'm looking forward to going into the season as a starting 'backer."


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