Injury sidelines Samuels

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

It was your average play during your average drill during your average practice.

The only difference was it knocked one of the two starting cornerbacks for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers out of the lineup.

Stanford Samuels was standing still at the end of a play on special teams yesterday when a teammate accidentally rolled up on his left ankle. Samuels went down in pain and had to be helped to the locker-room.

And just like that, Samuels will miss Saturday's game against the Calgary Stampeders -- and perhaps more than that. He went for X-rays yesterday afternoon, and it's believed he aggravated the high ankle sprain that forced him to miss four games in August and September.

"Who knows how long those ankle sprains last," Bombers head coach Doug Berry said.

Robert Bean, who has three interceptions this season in limited action, will likely replace Samuels on the corner, but Berry is concerned about his depth now. Jazzmen Williams might have to be added to the roster, because Gabriel Fulbright (knee) is out for the year.

"It happens. No sense crying over it," Berry said. "We gotta find the best solutions and deal with it."

HOG EXCHANGE: Bombers offensive linemen Garrick Jones (ankle) and Matt Sheridan (groin) are ready to go this week, but it looks as though Eric Wilson won't be.

Wilson sat out his second straight day of practice with a hip injury yesterday, and Berry said it's unlikely the right tackle will play. That means Jermese Jones would move from left to right tackle, and Garrick Jones, who has missed the last two games, would take over at left tackle.

"What I'd like to be able to do is get (Garrick Jones) to play this game and stay healthy and play another game and then make a decision as we go into the playoffs as to who our best guys are," Berry said. "I think Garrick is one of them. And we'll give him a couple weeks to prove it."

Sheridan, who has missed all but a quarter of the last 11 games, will likely be added to the roster this week as a backup, leaving Val St. Germain and Mike Abou-Mechrek as the starting guards.

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