Three flunk physicals

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

Gilles Lezi suffered from a mysterious stomach ailment while with Calgary for much of the last CFL season.

That mystery has yet to be solved.

The non-import fullback was one of three Winnipeg Blue Bombers who yesterday flunked their physicals.

"Lezi's got a kidney situation," said Bombers GM Brendan Taman, who said he may have to bring in another fullback to replace him.

The others to fail were receiver Arjei Franklin and linebacker Eugene Boakye, both non-imports. Taman has placed both Franklin and running back Graeme Bell, who is still recovering from a head wound, on the disabled list.

"(Franklin's) got a minor medical problem," Taman said. "I expect Arjei to practise, we just need the medical stuff (permission) in front of us. Lezi, I'm not sure. I can't commit to that one yet."

Boakye, who is recovering from knee surgery, was not expected to pass but the Bombers wanted to determine how long he will be sidelined. The 2007 draft pick will stick around town for the next 10 weeks or so.

The Bomber medical staff also took a careful look at punter Chris Beckman, who had been shot in a shooting accident a while ago.

CUT COMING: The Bombers will announce just one cut before training camp starts this morning at eight bells, likely a receiver.

But there were no no-shows or mysterious disappearances on the eve of this camp.

"I'm actually bored this year," Taman said. "It's been the smoothest year ever ... Last year, I was called out of the team meeting to talk to the Calgary police."

That was because punter Duncan O'Mahony disappeared at the Calgary airport en route to Winnipeg. And some players missed flights while others arrived late.

"This has been one of the best camps ever as far as guys showing up on time," Taman said.

EXPERIMENT II: The Bombers will experiment with a number of different players during this camp. And one of the most interesting will be moving safety Kyries Hebert up to weak-side linebacker.

"Wherever it's necessary for me to play to make this team better, I'll be up for it," Hebert said. "I'm a safety by nature but playing linebacker just means I get to the running backs sooner. I enjoy the contact.

"And you know what? They really need to look at me at receiver (yes, he was joking) But yeah, I'm up for it."

Trouble is, the same experiment failed last season.

"He missed training camp last year," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "If he had been in training camp, we would have looked at him there at training camp. But we had an open date (during the season) and decided to give him a little work in there to see if we could get him in there. We tried him for a couple of weeks, but without having all the practice opportunities of a training camp, it just wasn't the right thing to do at that time, as it turned out. So we're going to take another look at it and give him a solid week in there."

HASHMARKS: Taman plans to add another punter or two. He will check other CFL camps and may bring in either Pat Fleming or a couple of Americans. "We want to make sure about our punting game," Berry said ... Taman is awaiting a return call from the rep for NFL free agent DB Juran Bolden ... OL Val St.Germain and his wife are expecting their second child.


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