Linebacker leaves practice roster

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:01 AM ET

A player like Willie Fells won't stay on a CFL practice roster forever.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers learned that yesterday.

Fells, a middle linebacker who was arguably the team's top performer during the pre-season, decided to return home to Calgary yesterday after playing in only two of the team's first eight games.

"The bottom line is he wanted to be on the field and playing," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said. "He wants to play, and it's tough to keep a guy like that content and upbeat when he's not playing."

Fells, a five-year CFL veteran, told Taman he will stay in shape in Calgary, where he owns a restaurant.

"If Willie's available and we need him, he'll come back," Taman said.

The GM added that with the first round of NFL training camp cuts fast approaching, he will have to delete several more players from the practice roster to make room for some additions.

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