Marshall candidate to replace Marshall

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

The rumour mill has already started.

Just yesterday, the Hamilton Spectator reported that Greg Marshall is the leading contender to replace Greg Marshall.

Uh, that would be Winnipeg's defensive co-ordinator Marshall to replace the Hamilton's recently-sacked Marshall.

"We would never stand in the way of a guy bettering himself but we would rather not give (Hamilton) permission (to talk to him) during the season," Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman said yesterday.

"Next year's next year."

And no, the Tiger-Cats have not asked for permission to approach Marshall -- yet.

Longshot candidates reportedly include former Bomber head coaches Dave Ritchie and Jim Daley.

WISH GRANTED: Troy Westwood will finally get his wish. He will handle both the punting and placekicking chores for the first time this season when Winnipeg plays host to the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday. Bomber head coach Doug Berry was forced into the move due to injury problems which have compelled him to sit import punter Sam Paulescu.

"He's been doing OK in practice the last three or four weeks," Berry said. "He's had some really good days of punting; he's had a couple that haven't been so good."

Berry just wants Westwood to be consistent.

"Don't give me a 60-yard punt, then two 30s," he said. "Let's consistently be a 45-yard punter. That's what Troy's had trouble with. It's time for him to put up. This is his opportunity."

CH-CHANGES: Recently-arrived import S/LB Kyries Hebert will replace Paulescu on the roster while two new bodies that just arrived yesterday will also play. Import DT Frank Ferrara will replace injured import DT Ron Warner (knee) while non-import DB Greg Bearman will suit up in place of injured non-import LB Neil McKinlay (foot). Non-import DT Martin Lapostolle, who is expected to arrive today, will replace injured non-import DT Cam Legault (shoulder). Import OL Jermese Jones will also likely replace injured non-import OL Mike Abou-Mechrek (shoulder), meaning the Bombers would also have to drop either an import DB or receiver.

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Ferrara started for B.C. last season but was cut in training camp while the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Bearman was a special teams demon in Ottawa but was cut by Hamilton this year.

FITTING IN: Berry was impressed with Hebert after his first practice.

"Kyries is in shape," Berry said. "He looks good. He understands the system; he's fitting in rapidly."

Hebert spent the first part of practice introducing himself to teammates and support staff.

"It felt pretty good," he said. "It didn't even feel like a first practice. But (today) if you ask me that question, it might be something different."

Hebert, who had so much trouble getting across the border, retrieved the car he had left in Grand Forks, N.D. to fly to L.A., on Monday. And he returned through the same Emerson crossing that had previously refused him entry.

"There was nothing to worry about," he assured. "Everything's good."

But the Bombers did make sure that he had the proper papers and assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson drove down with him.


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