Bombers lose O-lineman

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive line took another hit yesterday when left tackle Garrick Jones had to go home to Houston for personal reasons.

"Garrick had to go back home today for a family medical emergency," Bombers head coach Doug Berry said yesterday.

Berry said Jones is gone indefinitely, and it's unlikely that he'll play this Saturday when the Bombers (9-8) finish off the regular season in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions (12-5).

The Bombers need to win on Saturday in order to finish second in the East and host the division semifinal on Nov. 5.

The good news for Winnipeg is that Eric Wilson was back practising at his right tackle spot yesterday.

Wilson missed Saturday's 28-13 win over the Calgary Stampeders with a hip flexor injury, but Berry said Wilson will be good to go on Saturday.

Jermese Jones, who played right tackle for Wilson against the Stamps, will shift back to left tackle to replace Garrick Jones.

EXCLUDE ME: Berry is obviously not a fan of individual awards on his football teams.

The first-year head coach began his daily media session yesterday by announcing that he wouldn't talk about his team's six award winners, who were voted upon by the Football Reporters of Canada.

Nor would Berry say what his choices would have been.

"We're a team and not a collection of individuals," he said. "I would never say that this lineman's better than that lineman or this receiver's better than that one or this guy's more important to the offence than (that guy).

"I'm just not into that. I know it's big for fans and all that, but it's not my game."

MOVING ON? RB Charles Roberts was voted the team's most outstanding player nominee, and there's a good chance he will get the East Division nod as well.

That's as far as many feel he will get, however, as most have pegged B.C. Lions slotback Geroy Simon as a lock to the win the MOP.

Roberts plans to wow the voters one last time this weekend -- against Simon's Lions, of course.

"They've already predicted (Simon) to win it, so what can you do?" he said. "But hopefully I do something this week to prove them wrong."

LB Barrin Simpson, Winnipeg's top defensive nominee, has a good shot at advancing, while C Obby Khan (offensive lineman) and DT Doug Brown (Canadian) should at least get consideration.

WR Arjei Franklin (rookie) and KR Albert Johnson III (special teams) are probably long shots.

LATE HITS: Former Bomber WR Kamau Peterson asked for -- and was granted -- his release from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Monday, citing personal reasons. He may return to Hamilton next season ... Berry said his receiving corps will remain the same this week, which means SB Chris Brazzell will stay in the lineup over Kwame Cavil ... Roberts joins QB Dieter Brock as a four-time winner of Winnipeg's most outstanding player award. RB Leo Lewis, the club's all-time rushing leader, won it a team-record five times between 1958 and 1965.


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