Numbers game

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

One was left behind contemplating his future with the club while another will become the subject of heightened trade speculation.

Import linebacker Willie Fells was conspicuous by his absence at Blue Bomber practice yesterday and is mulling over whether to remain on the practice roster, said Winnipeg head coach Jim Daley.

QB DEAL IN WORKS?

Spergon Wynn, who did practise, will be replaced by Russ Michna as the third-string quarterback for tomorrow's CFL-opener in Regina against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Although Wynn, who has been bothered by a groin pull, has been moved to the one-game injury list, you can bet that Bomber GM Brendan Taman would be willing to listen to offers.

"Why would anyone want to trade for an injured guy?" Taman asked coyly.

Although Daley has said repeatedly that he likes all four QBs currently in camp, it makes little sense either financially or logistically to hang on to all four.

Recently-arrived import offensive lineman John Feugill will also remain at home.

WICK UNCANNY: Meanwhile, Ryland Wickman will start at middle linebacker, relegating Fells to the sidelines.

"(Wickman) brings a quarterbacking sense to the defence that's really uncanny," Daley said. "He's a tough, hard-nosed player and he really is a person to put the pieces in place on defence, in terms of the calls and all that. Now that Ryland has been healthy, hopefully he will play at the same level of the last few years.

"I explained that to Willie. We'd love to keep both on but we can't numerically. Hopefully, he's going to stay with us. All players who are not on the active roster are disappointed, and Willie is no different."

Bombers expect an answer from Fells today.

Wickman, meanwhile, is raring to go.

"This is really the first time to get out there and hit the opposite colour," said Wickman, who missed most of the pre-season with a groin injury. "Everybody knows how much I love to hit so, I can't wait for it."

END PLAY: Benching Fells allows the Bombers to take an extra import defensive end, Antwone Young, who will rotate with rookie Gavin Walls. Both will also play special teams.

"We have kept three ends on the roster in order to rotate them in the heat and have legs to chase and contain (Saskatchewan QB) Nealon (Greene)," Daley explained.

"I'm just happy to be on this trip and I'll try to do my best to give everything I can for the team," said Walls. "I'm just ready to go out there and make some plays."

Walls, by the way, had never heard of Regina.

"No, I haven't," he said. "I thought it was kind of the other word (that sounds like Regina) when I first heard it."


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