Bombers believe in fullback

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

His pro career has barely begun but Cory Olynick was starting to worry that it was already over.

Olynick suffered a torn Achilles tendon in training camp, which kept him out of action all last season.

"I started to wonder if I'd ever play again when I first started trying to walk after the injury," the Blue Bombers fullback said from Regina yesterday. "It's like your foot doesn't know how to walk properly.

"It's been a crazy and torturous nine months but I'm getting there."

And Olynick will be back at this year's training camp after Winnipeg signed him to a new CFL contract despite his injury. Prior to that, the non-import suffered a thumb injury that put him on the shelf for eight months.

"Two years, two injuries," said Olynick, 29. "I really appreciate that the club believes in you and gives you another chance. The old contract was a jinx and now I've got a new one so, I want to give them their money's worth."

The retirement of fullback Wade Miller increases Olynick's chances to crack the starting lineup.

"I want to come in stronger and heavier for the fullback spot," said Olynick, who is currently listed at 5-foot-10, 210 pounds. "But I'm also trying to maintain my speed in case -- heaven forbid -- something happens to (tailback) Charles (Roberts) and they need me to fill in."

But with Miller gone, Olynick will have to show what he can do on special teams, said Bombers GM Brendan Taman.

"He's had an unfortunate string of injuries but, if he can get over that, he could be a good player for us," Taman said.

CONFERENCE CALL: Ken Hildahl readily admitted there is an urgency to get the Ottawa Renegades situation resolved quickly -- whether the franchise is sold, folds or is propped up by the CFL.

"There were more updates to various options," the Bombers board chairman said after participating in yesterday's CFL conference call concerning the Renegades' future. "You want to make a decision one way or another and we are preparing for all possibilities."

However, there was no discussion on any potential ownership and speculation is that the governors are trying to decide whether the CFL can afford to prop up the franchise this season.

"From a Bomber perspective, that's (CFL takeover) not an outcome we want to see," Hildahl said. "But it's a very important franchise and we'd love to see Ottawa stay in the league."

Hildahl expects another teleconference "in the next few days."

Taman figures a decision needs to be made by "next week at the latest. Right now, we're sort of in a holding pattern.

"I hope they decide to do whatever's best for the league."

But both agreed that, if the franchise folds, the CFL can forget any plans to expand elsewhere.

NEW TRAINER: As expected, the Bombers have promoted Alain Couture to head athletic therapist and strength coach. He replaces Ross Hodgkinson, who was promoted to director of football operations. The Winnipegger had served as Hodgkinson's assistant since 2003.


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