Blue giving players time to heal

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

Just when it looked like Lamar McGriggs was about to remain in the lineup, he's out.

And Ryland Wickman will have to wait another week, too.

McGriggs, the veteran Winnipeg outside linebacker, will sit out tomorrow afternoon when his Blue Bombers (1-4) take on the Argonauts (3-2) at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

McGriggs suffered a pectoral-shoulder injury in last Friday's 51-46 win over the Montreal Alouettes, but he had a solid helping of reps at practice this week.

He is being kept out, however, with the hope that he will be ready for next Saturday's game in Calgary against the Stampeders.

Ron Ockimey will replace McGriggs and tomorrow will play his first regular-season CFL game since Oct. 25, 2003. Ockimey didn't play football in 2004, he got hurt during Bombers training camp, and he has been a healthy scratch for the first five games.

Willie Fells, meanwhile, will remain at middle linebacker in place of Wickman, who will miss his second straight game due to an elbow injury, and defensive back Cedric Dickerson is coming back on the roster for Justin Coleman (foot).

"That is giving us a chance to get Wickman, McGriggs and Coleman, all who have minor nicks, healthy," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said. "All three have played very, very well on defence, but the two going in and the one who's already on -- Willie Fells -- have played well enough that we can feel very confident about making that change.

"(We'll) get the three nicked guys healthy, and we won't miss a beat."

The other change is between non-import receivers. Gilles Colon, who's been out with a broken hand, will take over for Chad Rempel.

RECOVERY MISSION: Dickerson played in the season-opening shellacking at Saskatchewan, but he broke his left hand during the 42-15 loss to the Roughriders and has been out since.

"The hand's doing pretty good," Dickerson said. "It's not 100% right now, but I'm gonna give it a go."

He can't wait to get the loss to the Roughriders out of his mind.

"I haven't had a chance to avenge it," he said.

AND WE QUOTE: "This (Toronto) game is a very, very important game, because it gives us a chance to get right back in the middle of the hunt. The only way we'll do that is to forget that. Forget all those things. Just go play great football the way we've been playing it."

-- Daley, noticing that his club has a chance to gain some ground on West Division counterparts Saskatchewan and Calgary, which both lost Friday night.


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