Injury bug takes another bite out of O-line

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

The hits just keep on coming for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive line.

Head coach Doug Berry revealed yesterday that guard Val St. Germain suffered an arm injury in Friday night's 43-9 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

Berry doesn't know the severity of the ailment, but St. Germain would be the fourth original starter to miss at least one game if he can't go next Sunday in Montreal.

Tackle Dan Goodspeed (knee) is out for the year, guard Matt Sheridan (groin) has missed all but 11 plays of the last eight games, and tackle/guard Mike Abou-Mechrek (ankle) has been out for most of the past two matches.

That leaves centre Obby Khan as the only member of the original five who hasn't been felled this season.

"There's just no continuity in the offensive line," Berry said.

Wideout Chris Brazzell was on crutches yesterday after hurting his ankle, but Berry didn't know the extent of that injury, either.

HELPING OUT: The Bombers caught a break last night when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats downed the Edmonton Eskimos 27-22.

The loss dropped the Eskimos to 4-8 and kept them four points back of the Bombers in their pursuit of the East Division crossover playoff spot.

Hamilton improved to 3-11, but they're still six points back of the third-place Bombers in the East.

SAY WHAT? It's rare to hear a defence praised after it allowed 43 points, 522 yards of total offence and 258 rushing yards, but Berry still had good things to say yesterday about his defensive dozen's showing against the Stamps.

"The defence kept us in the game," Berry said. "As much as we were giving up, we were still in the game because we weren't giving up the touchdowns."

The Bomber defence limited the Stampeders to five field goals, and two of Calgary's fourth-quarter touchdowns came after Winnipeg fumbled on punt returns.

Winnipeg's defence also spent nearly 38 minutes on the field, as the Bomber offence managed to hold on to the ball for only 22:39.

This doesn't mean there aren't problems on defence, however. The Kyries Hebert-for-Donnavan Carter trial at linebacker doesn't appear to be working, and Berry might be ready to make some alterations.

"We'll make sure if that's the right thing to be doing," he said. "Is this working, or is this something we gotta revert to where we were? We'll find out."

QUOTABLE: "What we have to do is point out the 'whys.' And some of these may be repetitious, but if they get too repetitious, then there's September 19th."

-- Berry, subtly suggesting that his players either shape up or they'll ship out on the CFL's trading deadline day, which is Tuesday.

LATE HIT: Berry said the Bombers had six to eight "major" breakdowns on special teams Friday night ... The National Post reported yesterday that Hamilton Tiger-Cats KR/RB Corey Holmes is on the trading block.


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