Blue shuffle the deck

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

Changes to the starting lineup are on the way for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the wake of their 39-12 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Labour Day Classic.

"I would say there could be a change of roster," head coach Doug Berry said yesterday. "I'm not at liberty to say where or who right now, but we've evaluated some positions that we're going to be looking at very intensely.

"I do know this: We won't go into this week with the same guys we started this past week with."

Those changes should be evident this afternoon, when the Bombers (5-6) return to the practice field to prepare for this Sunday afternoon's Banjo Bowl rematch against the Roughriders (6-5) at Canad Inns Stadium.

"This is the first time that we've been beaten in all three phases of the game, and I feel like we can fix it," Berry said. "It's gonna happen again some day, but I just hope it's some time next year."

Bombers GM Brendan Taman was burning the midnight oil last night, trying to sign a new offensive lineman to the practice roster and have him on the field today.

"My goal is to have someone at practice (today), but I don't have anything set yet," Taman said.

The GM added that he was still in discussions with former Bombers offensive lineman Garrick Jones, but it doesn't sound like the left tackle will be joining the team this week.

DIFFERENT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT? Berry was asked yesterday if he will change the practice format in the wake of Sunday's embarrassing loss.

"If there is going to be a change, it would come solely at the request of the players," Berry said.

"It's been brought to my attention from the players. I've had a number of players come to me and talk to me about it.

"If we decide to go that way it's because that's what they want to do and it's not because I'm here to punish guys."

Berry doesn't make his players wear pads during practice, just as his mentor, Don Matthews, does in Montreal, but Berry said he will let the players wear the armour if they think it will help them win.

"They have to buy in and believe. That's the most important thing," Berry said. "If we have the team believing that, then that's the way we'll go."

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