Bombers on lookout for pass-catcher

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

Suddenly, there is a dearth of receivers in the Winnipeg camp.

With receiver/kick receiver Albert Johnson III out with a shoulder injury and two Canadian pass-catchers -- Darryl Ray and Chad Rempel -- still recovering from injuries, Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman was desperately seeking a receiver yesterday.

Taman was hoping to sign one in time for today's practice.

Because Johnson is also a kick returner, the Bombers must also decide who will assume that role for their CFL home-opener versus the Toronto Argonauts on Friday. Import receivers Andrae Thurman and Quentin McCord handled some return duties in the pre-season.

"(Defensive back Gabriel) Fulbright is quite capable, too, but he's not even on the roster right now," Taman said.

Although tailback Charles Roberts was once among the CFL's best kick returners, Taman was not about to bring back ex-NFL tailback Onterrio Smith to spell him off.

ALLEN OUT: Argos QB Damon Allen could be lost to the team for as long as six weeks with a broken middle finger on his throwing hand. That leaves ex-Bomber Spergon Wynn as their top gun.

"You look at Spergon and the way he played, and that's why we went out looking for a guy who can come in and do the kinds of things you need your No. 2, now No. 1, quarterback to do," Argos head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons told Toronto reporters.

TOP THREE: New middle linebacker Barrin Simpson sees lots of promise on the defence.

"It's a matter of learning how to win," he said. "We've got a lot of guys with a lot of heart in here. Like I said in the beginning, I feel that we're going to be a top-three defence in the CFL. (But) we've gotta get rid of the penalties."


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