Major changes for tilt with Esks

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

For the second straight week, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be making a whopping seven roster changes.

The Bombers (3-2) battle the Eskimos (2-2) tomorrow night at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium (9 p.m., TSN/CJOB), and they will have four players dressing for the first time this season.

WR Henri Childs, OL Dominic Picard, DE Stevie Baggs and QB Russ Michna will all make their 2006 debuts tomorrow night, while DT Ron Warner and OLs Mike Abou-Mechrek and Marc Parenteau will also be returning to the lineup.

The injured players coming off the roster are OLs Dan Goodspeed (knee) and Matt Sheridan (groin), and QB Mike Quinn (sternum), while the healthy scratches are CB William Fields, DTs Dante Booker and Martin Lapostolle, and S John Sullivan.

Aaron Fiacconi is healthy enough to start, which means the Bombers will be dressing seven offensive linemen, with Parenteau and Picard serving as the backups. Winnipeg lost three O-linemen to injury in Saturday's 44-16 loss to Montreal.

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Finally, since Omar Evans (groin) isn't healthy enough to play and Fields has been benched after a poor showing against the Alouettes, Robert Bean will make his first CFL start at cornerback.

CHILDS' PLAY: WR/RB Henri Childs, who's been out for a month and a half with a knee injury, will line up as Winnipeg's fifth receiver tomorrow night.

Childs wowed the team brass with his tailback abilities during the pre-season, but he got hurt in the second exhibition game.

Now that he's healthy, Childs will get a chance to put his stamp on the fifth receiver spot that Quentin McCord and Shockmain Davis have struggled to secure.

"It's still the first third of the season, and we want to make sure that we're playing with the right guys for the rest of the season," Bombers head coach Doug Berry said.

"We know he's a good football player ... so we'll just find out how good he might be."

LATE HITS: The Bombers leave for Edmonton this afternoon ... Eskimos LB A.J. Gass won't play tomorrow night, while SB Mookie Mitchell is doubtful. Both have hamstring injuries ... Bomber DB Gabriel Fulbright is the self-proclaimed fastest Bomber after beating Shockmain Davis in a post-practice race yesterday.


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