What's old is new on Winnipeg O-line

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

For the second time in six days, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have brought back a familiar face to their offensive line.

Left tackle Garrick Jones, who made a great impression during his seven games with the Bombers in 2002 before bolting for the NFL, officially re-signed with the club yesterday and could be in the lineup Friday night against the Calgary Stampeders.

The move comes less than a week after the team re-signed import right tackle Eric Wilson, who was with the team in 2002 and 2003.

Jones, 27, spent the last three years bouncing around the NFL with Kansas City, Houston and Atlanta, but the 6-foot-5, 312-pound Arkansas native never saw any regular-season action.

Jones would have been in Winnipeg sooner, but he chose to stay home in Houston with his wife, who is expecting twins in January. He even left Atlanta's training camp briefly last month to be with her, but that situation has improved.

"I just looked at it and saw it as an opportunity to come on back this way and try to get to that big dance," Jones said yesterday. "I missed it last time."

There's a chance Garrick Jones will replace Jermese Jones at left tackle Friday. Meanwhile, Aaron Fiacconi will likely start at guard in place of Mike Abou-Mechrek, who is doubtful after spraining his right ankle on Sunday against Saskatchewan.

"Maybe in the last six games of the year we'll get some continuity there and continue to get better, as we should," head coach Doug Berry said of the O-line, which has had 10 different starters this season.

Garrick Jones would love to start contributing on Friday night.

"If I can get out there and get it, let's get it," he said.

"I ain't never been scared of the field."


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