Blue looking for bodies

Winnipeg Blue Bombers General Manager Brendan Taman is looking for some new bodies to replace...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers General Manager Brendan Taman is looking for some new bodies to replace injured Canadian starters. (Winnipeg Sun File/Marcel Cretain)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

Brendan Taman was bemoaning yet another injury to his offensive line, then sighed.

"I'm out of Canadians," the Winnipeg GM concluded.

The latest to go down is Val St. Germain (elbow), who is expected to at least miss next Sunday's game against the Alouettes in Montreal, possibly more. Before St. Germain, the Blue Bombers lost Canadian O-linemen Mike Abou-Mechrek and Matt Sheridan. Throw in import OL Dan Goodspeed and that is four-fifths of the line that started the season together.

The Bombers may even have to employ three American O-linemen, Taman admitted.

TRADE WINDS: Taman does not expect wide receiver Chris Brazzell (ankle) to answer the bell this week, either. And he could be out even longer as both he and St. Germain will get their injuries updated today.

And with neither Quentin McCord (knee) nor Henri Childs (back) ready to return, Taman is desperately seeking receivers either through a trade with another CFL club or NFL cuts.

"I've talked to some teams but nothing's happened (yet)," he said. "We'll keep trying until Tuesday (CFL trade deadline)."

The Bombers have been interested in Hamilton receiver D.J. Flick for some time and kick returner/running back Corey Holmes is reportedly on the block.

"He's a hell of a player but I can't say too much because he's under contract," said Taman, adding that Holmes will be a free agent this winter and is hurt right now.

SLOPPY PLAY: The Bombers, meanwhile, were most disturbed about the performance of their defence and special teams in Friday's 43-9 loss to Calgary.

"We had one play where five guys missed a tackle -- one play!" said an incredulous Taman. "Tackling is a fundamental of football. And these are the same guys who held (Saskatchewan's) Kenton Keith to 17 yards a week ago, and he's a pretty good back, too. (Calgary's) Joffrey Reynolds is a very, very good back but if we tackle him, he doesn't get a lot of those runs."

Bomber DL Ron Warner was just as frustrated.

"We gotta figure out what's going on," he said. "How come we're missing tackles? How come we're not scoring? How come we're dropping this? Why are we doing that? We gotta find the inner soul in ourselves, and once we do that, we'll be a better ball club."

The special teams are also under scrutiny -- after surrendering two fumbles and falling asleep on a kickoff when a Stampeder batted the ball out of bounds.

"That's the worst the special teams have been all year," Taman said.

QB CONCERN: Bomber QB Kevin Glenn also had his second terrible outing in the last three games since returning from knee surgery.

"He's had better moments," Taman said. "There is some concern there."

Glenn was asked what was giving him the most trouble Friday.

"Ourselves. We beat ourselves," he replied. "Calgary played well but, at the same time, we made mistakes on the offensive side of the ball that put us in bad situations."

PLAYOFF HUNT: At 6-7, the Bombers are just two wins ahead of Edmonton and six points up on Hamilton.

"It's going to be tight for the playoff race," said SB Milt Stegall. "We're fortunate that teams in the East have been losing a little bit, so we're not too far out of it. But then, we've got to worry about a team crossing over from the West. You don't want to start thinking about those things, but if that's what's going to motivate us, we've got to start thinking about it. We've got to do whatever it takes to motivate us because, right now, we're not playing good football."


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