Berry makes promised changes

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

Bombers head coach Doug Berry vowed there would be changes to the starting lineup after Sunday's embarrassing 39-12 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Turns out he is true to his word.

Safety Kyries Hebert has replaced Donnavan Carter at outside linebacker, rookie Ian Logan is working out at safety, newly signed Eric Wilson is at right tackle, Mike Abou-Mechrek shifts from right tackle to right guard, and, as a result, Aaron Fiacconi goes back to being a backup.

Meanwhile, rookie Stevie Baggs will get a few more reps in practice this week to challenge struggling sophomore Gavin Walls for his starting defensive end spot.

And with receiver Quentin McCord hobbling around with a bruised knee, Canadian Adam Eckert has been put in the starting unit to ensure ratio rules are met.

Other than that, everything is normal.

MAD DASH: Bombers GM Brendan Taman first made contact with Eric Wilson at 5 p.m. Tuesday and had him signed fewer than four hours later.

That meant Wilson had to do some scrambling. He parked his truck in his business partner's warehouse, just in case a hurricane hits South Florida, and then, at the last minute, thought about his house.

"I had to wake the neighbours up last night at 11:30 and say, 'Hey, if a hurricane comes, put my shutters up, and I'll take care of you when I get back," he said.

LATE HITS: CB Stanford Samuels didn't finish yesterday's practice because of his nagging ankle injury. Robert Bean took over ... The players wore shoulder pads during yesterday's practice for the first time this year and will continue to do so. Several veterans, including SB Milt Stegall, asked Berry to make the change in an effort to increase focus and intensity ... GM Brendan Taman is still in contract talks with OL Garrick Jones. Even if Jones does sign soon, he definitely won't be in the lineup on Sunday.


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