Thurman eager to make amends

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

Andrae Thurman spent a week in the doghouse, and he didn't like it one bit.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback was a healthy scratch for last week's game against the Toronto Argonauts, but he will be back in action this Sunday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders after Kwame Cavil broke his ankle and Scotty Anderson was released.

"I'm very focused on these last eight weeks, and my No. 1 goal is to help this team win," Thurman said yesterday. "Whatever I can do to help the team win.

"I'm going to make the plays that I didn't make in the first half. I'll make these plays in the second half of the season. Expect a lot more from me these next eight weeks."

Bombers head coach Doug Berry said Thurman, who played in the NFL last season with the Green Bay Packers, needs to be more consistent.

"He's had his wakeup call," Berry said. "He knows that it's time for him to do it 100% of the time, not just to pick his spots."

Thurman's 27 catches are second on the team only to Milt Stegall. He has 321 receiving yards and one touchdown.

SICK BAY WATCH: Defensive halfbacks Anthony Malbrough (knee) and Kelly Malveaux (knee) both watched practise yesterday, and their status for Sunday is uncertain.

Berry said Malbrough, who missed Friday's game, will practise today, but he was unsure about Malveaux.

CB Stanford Samuels, who also missed Friday's game, with an ankle injury, was back at his usual spot yesterday.

LATE HITS: The identity of Saskatchewan's starting quarterback for the Labour Day Classic likely won't be known until later this week. No. 1 pivot Kerry Joseph has missed the last two games with a knee injury, and third-stringer Rocky Butler had led the 'Riders to victory in both of those contests ... Former Bomber Jon Ryan, currently the lone punter at Green Bay Packers training camp, had four punts that travelled an average of 44.8 yards on Monday night in a 48-17 exhibition loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Packers worked out another punter last week but didn't sign him ... The Montreal Gazette reported yesterday that former Bombers defensive back Ricky Bell appears to have lost his starting spot in the Alouettes secondary ... Bombers KR Albert Johnson III leads the league in combined yards (1,244). He is also second in kick-return average (21.8 yards) and is tied for third in punt-return average (9.3 yards) among the league's eight primary returners.


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