Bomber boss eyes trade possibilities

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

The CFL trade deadline is tomorrow afternoon, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman is doing quite a bit of chatting.

"We'll be actively pursuing things, but when it comes down to it we might not even do one," Taman said last night. "What have we got to lose?"

The answer to that is not much. The Bombers will miss the playoffs for the second season in a row, but improving the talent base obviously needs to be done.

Whether or not that will happen via trade this week remains to be seen.

"If the right one's out there to make and we can help ourselves -- more so probably for next year than this year, to be honest with you -- that's what we're going to look at," Taman said.

The Montreal Gazette reported yesterday that defensive backs James Whitley and Almondo Curry, along with defensive tackle Robert Brown, don't appear to be in the Alouettes' future.

"We have had discussions with Montreal about several possibilities, but nothing has transpired," Taman said, refusing to name names or face tampering charges. "We have open dialogue."

OOPS: When Winnipeg's Jon Ryan had a punt blocked on Sunday for the fifth time this season, it was a simple case of miscounting.

"They had two returners, so it's the easiest assignment distribution," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said. "We simply lined up and did not recognize that they had an extra man on this side and one less on that side.

"It's very unfortunate, because it led to points that obviously were more than the margin of victory."

Despite that blunder, Daley said his special teams had a "great day."

INJURY ROUNDUP: DB Anthony Malbrough (hamstring) will miss Saturday's game in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions.

Daley said he hopes to have Malbrough back for the season finale on Oct. 30 against Calgary, but Malbrough said he'll likely shut it down for the rest of the season.

There's a chance WR Chris Brazzell (leg) will return to the lineup this week, but Daley doesn't want to remove his replacement, Darnell McDonald, who on Sunday had six catches for 78 yards and a TD, and also provided stellar blocking.


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