Bombers black and blue

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:32 PM ET

Got a pulse?

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers might need you to suit up.

Decimated by injuries, the Blue and Gold will be making a whopping seven -- and possibly eight -- lineup changes for tomorrow's regular-season finale against the Calgary Stampeders at Canad Inns Stadium.

That doesn't bode well for a Bomber team that is 5-12, coming off a devastating 41-1 loss to the B.C. Lions and playing a Stamps squad that is 9-7 and still vying for second place in the West Division.

Hardest hit is the Bombers offensive line, which will start two players who have played a grand total of one game this season.

Out are centre Aaron Fiacconi (knee) and backup guard Dan Gyetvai (knee). Regular left guard Matt Sheridan (knee) may suit up, but he won't start.

Cory Annett, whom the Bombers cut last week, will start at centre, while Marc Parenteau, who has been on Ottawa's or Winnipeg's practice roster since Week 2 after being out of football for two years, will start at left guard.

"I've gotten as good as I'm gonna get in practice, but I need game situations to get better, so it's a good opportunity for that," Parenteau said. "I know I'm not ready to be a full-time starter right now, but I just need games."

That sound you hear is Calgary's front seven licking its chops.

Other starters coming off the roster are DE Gavin Walls (hamstring), P Jon Ryan (ankle), DB Stanford Samuels (knees) and WR Darnell McDonald (healthy).

Joe Fleming and Ron Ockimey will share the defensive end spot vacated by Walls.

Backup DB Boyd Barrett (turf toe) also won't play.

Other players coming on the roster are DT Martin Lapostolle, LB Scott Mennie, DB Justin Coleman, LB Joe Tuipala and OL Ryan Bachman.

Coleman will start at cornerback, while William Fields will shift to halfback.

If Sheridan can't go, Winnipeg will be forced to dress OL Tyler Tapp, who was supposed to play at the University of Manitoba this season. He was declared academically ineligible, so he joined the Bombers in late August just to get some experience.

GOOD GUYS: Bombers SB Milt Stegall and OL Matt Sheridan were honoured yesterday for their work off the field.

Stegall captured the Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award, which is given annually to the Bomber who best demonstrates football ability, team camaraderie and extraordinary effort in the community.

"It's definitely an honour to be recognized," Stegall said. "I've had a lot of recognition on the field, but getting recognized for doing the stuff I do off the field ... it's a good feeling."

Sheridan, meanwhile, is this year's recipient of the Cal Murphy Heart of a Legend Award, which is given to the Bomber who best demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the CFL and community.

That also makes Sheridan the team's nominee for the league-wide Tom Pate Memorial Award.


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