Bombers D hurting

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers got great news on the injury front earlier this week when quarterback Kevin Glenn and Milt Stegall were cleared to play.

The situation isn't as stellar on the other side of the ball.

Three of the five starters in the secondary are nursing injuries, and two of them didn't practise yesterday.

Halfback Anthony Malbrough (knee) took part in practice yesterday after sitting out Monday's session, while cornerback Stanford Samuels (ankle) did some running but not much else after going hard on Monday.

Meanwhile, halfback Kelly Malveaux (hamstring) watched practice for the second straight day.

COULD HAVE ALL THREE

Bombers head coach Doug Berry doesn't sound too concerned that the trio won't be available for Sunday's Labour Day Classic against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"I'm not (worried), because there's a distinct possibility we could have all three," Berry said. "I'm sure we'll have at least two, but at this point I couldn't even tell you which two."

Samuels and Malbrough missed last Friday's 18-15 loss to the Toronto Argonauts, but their replacements, Gabriel Fulbright and Robert Bean, didn't miss a beat.

Bean and Fulbright, along with rookie Jazzmen Williams, have all been working out with the first-team defence this week.

BLINK SITS: Bombers RB Charles Roberts was a spectator at practice yesterday, but Berry said it's nothing serious.

"He's got some soreness in his knee, so he took the day off," Berry said. "He'll practise (today). I fully expect him to practise (today). We just gave him a day off."

PRAISE FOR AJ: Bombers kick returner Albert Johnson III has been named CFL special teams player of the week.

Johnson had a combined total of 242 kick return yards against the Argos, including six punts for 92 yards, two kickoffs for 101 yards and one missed field goal for 49 yards.

Johnson gave all the credit to his blockers for turning around Winnipeg's slumping return game.

"It's just a matter of guys working harder, like coach talks about every week: Look at yourself on film and see where you can improve," Johnson said. "That's one area we've made drastic improvement."

Johnson was moving gingerly at practice yesterday, but he vowed to be ready for Sunday's game in Regina.

BANJO BOWL BONANZA: The Bombers will test drive their temporary seats for the Grey Cup during next month's Banjo Bowl.

Some of the 15,000 seats, which are currently being constructed in the south end zone at Canad Inns Stadium, will be available for $20, plus agency fees, with $2 going to the United Way.

Seating will be by general admission for the game, which is a rematch of the Labour Day Classic between the Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

More than 23,000 tickets have already been sold for the Sept. 10 clash.

LATE HITS: Berry said it doesn't matter one bit if Kerry Joseph or Rocky Butler starts at quarterback for Saskatchewan. "In their offence one does the same thing that the other does," Berry said ... Glenn and Stegall were "outstanding" during yesterday's practice, according to Berry ... GM Brendan Taman is not interested in released Stampeders LB George White or Roughriders CB Almondo Curry, who's currently being shopped around the league.


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