More O-line woes

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

MONTREAL -- As if the Winnipeg Blue Bombers haven't had their offensive line stricken by enough injuries already.

Import tackle Garrick Jones went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter of yesterday's 17-14 victory over Montreal, forcing them to scramble once again.

"I knew we could hang with these guys if we stayed healthy," said Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry. "I was beginning to question that one when we lost an import tackle again in the second quarter.

"But because we've had to make so many adjustments on the O-line, we were able to move (Eric) Wilson back to right tackle and (Jermese) Jones back to left tackle and survive the rest of the game, albeit it was close with (Obby) Khan going down there in the fourth quarter."

The Bombers had been forced to start three import O-linemen due to injuries to all of their Canadian linemen.

"Garrick went down but guys stepped up," said Khan, who kept playing despite an ankle problem of his own. "It's not like we're playing with backups on our offensive line."

Bombers tailback Charles Roberts rushed for 159 yards on 19 carries and quarterback Kevin Glenn was sacked twice.

"They really had no answer for what the offensive line was doing," Roberts said. "I mean, we lost a guy and brought in a guy who hadn't played that much and did not miss a beat. We handled them pretty well this time. Hopefully, we can do the same next week."

Garrick Jones will miss at least Friday's re-match with the Alouettes.

SAFETY DANCE: Winnipeg's Kyries Hebert, who returned to safety after a failed experiment at linebacker, may have had his best game as a Bomber.

"That may be and it was because the defence was sound," he said. "Everybody was where they were supposed to be at the right time, so we weren't running around trying to make plays ourselves."

Hebert finished with two forced fumbles, a key fumble recovery, a quarterback sack, two special teams tackles and one defensive tackle. And he was hitting like a ton of cement.

"I love playing Montreal," said the former Ottawa Renegade. "Ever since I've been in this league, there's just something about coming out here and the atmosphere.

"This is awesome. Awesome. I'm going to smile all the way home."

MIA: The Bombers were playing without linebacker Ike Charlton, who was a late scratch, wide receiver Chris Brazzell and cornerback Stanford Samuels, all due to injury.

But for the first time this season, the Bombers overcame such adversity to post a victory. Defensive back Kelly Malveaux filled in admirably for Charlton with Gabriel Fulbright replacing him at inside DB. Recently-arrived WR Derick Armstrong caught seven passes for 70 yards.


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