A revolving door of excellence

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Doug Berry could end up having a problem on his hands -- if you can call it a problem.

It seems every time the Bomber head coach adds a member to the defence or moves one to a new position when someone gets hurt, the new guy plays well enough to stick around.

When everyone gets healthy, Berry could find himself in a sticky situation.

The latest example occurred Friday night against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats when cornerback Stanford Samuels took over for the Ike Charlton (ribs) at outside linebacker.

"He did an outstanding job," Berry said. "We know we've got another guy that can play there."

But where does Samuels go when Charlton returns, which presumably will be this Friday night when the Bombers (5-2) battle the Tiger-Cats (1-6) at Canad Inns Stadium?

Samuels and Omar Evans were the starting cornerbacks at the beginning of the year, but Evans got hurt and was replaced by Robert Bean, who has two interceptions in two starts.

Evans returned when Charlton got hurt last week, so Bean stayed in the lineup and Samuels moved to outside linebacker.

Berry said it'll all work out, even though he's not a fan of players losing their jobs to injury.

"I don't want them to lose a job if they've been doing a great job up to this point."

NEW-LOOK TABBIES?: Berry expects the Bombers to face a different Tiger-Cats team than the one they pummelled 29-0 last Friday.

Berry believes No. 1 quarterback Jason Maas, who missed the game with a hip pointer, will be back, as will running back Josh Ranek, who's missed time with a thigh injury.

"It'll be a little different challenge than what we faced this time," Berry said. "I don't think there's going to be any motivation issues getting these guys ready to play. It's the second time we'll play Hamilton, and we can take the (season) series right now -- at home."

PICK YOUR FRIENDS: Bombers QB Kevin Glenn was talking the day before Friday's game that his college roommate, Ticats DB Sam Young, had never intercepted him.

That changed Friday when Young, who was making his Hamilton debut after getting cut by B.C., picked off a pass intended for Milt Stegall.

"Milt was saying on the sideline that he should have come back more to the ball," Glenn said, "and Sam made a good play and stepped in front of it."


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