Action highlights trouble spots

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers braintrust still has more questions than answers after viewing its first CFL pre-season game.

The Bombers have trouble spots at free safety, defensive lineman and quarterback as rookie head coach Doug Berry pondered his first cuts. He may have to go with five imports in the secondary, which could affect the ratio on the defensive line or at linebacker.

"Unless you're making it easy on us, then you're making it tough on us," he said yesterday. "When you think you've got some talented guys who are making it tough on you, there's still competition there and it's good competition."

Berry was planning to trim his 82-man roster by 10-12 players by today.

ONTERRIO READY: Ex-NFL tailback Onterrio Smith (foot) is expected to make his debut when the Bombers play the Alouettes in Montreal in another pre-season match on Thursday.

"He is going to be given the go-ahead to practise, so we'll see how it holds up," Berry said. "He should be able to do something."

Berry also expects offensive linemen Obby Khan and Val St. Germain and safety Ian Logan, non-imports who missed Friday's game with injuries, to make the trip.

However, both defensive back Kelly Malveaux and safety Shawn Gallant will stay home due to injuries.

HASHMARKS: Berry plans to keep non-import OL Dominic Picard around in some capacity to develop him ... Anthony Malbrough, who fumbled a punt away allowing a Montreal TD, will no longer be used on punts. However, Berry indicated that he has earned a starting defensive back spot.


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