Blue off to a rough start

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

It is not the way you want to start your first training camp.

Non-import receiver Jeff Keegan suffered a knee injury while catching a pass during the second half of the first day of Blue Bombers training camp at Canad Inns Stadium yesterday.

The Portage la Prairie native was taken off the field on a cart and left the clubhouse on crutches after meetings.

"He's going to the doctor (today) but he is a minimum one week, maybe two, away," said Bombers GM Brendan Taman. "And with non-veterans, it's never good to get hurt."

Others suffering injuries the first day of camp were: fullback Neil Fulgueras (hamstring), offensive lineman Val St. Germain (back), and defensive lineman Shawn Mayne (arm).

"Filgueras is going to be limited for quite some time," said Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry.

Another fullback, Gilles Lezi, flunked his physical on Saturday. And with fullback Graeme Bell on the disabled list, that leaves Cory Olynick as the only healthy non-import fullback in camp.

"That is a little disconcerting," Taman said. "They will take another look at Neil (today) but he may be out for more than a week."

St. Germain is expected to miss one day. Defensive back Davin Bush also suffered from cramps during the afternoon.

QUICK RECOVERY: After failing his physical the day before, non-import wide receiver Arjei Franklin was cleared to practise at both sessions yesterday. The Bombers, meanwhile, sent import WR Tommy Manus packing.

However, Berry does not plan to make more cuts any time soon.

SAFETY CHECK: Punter Chris Beckman, who has a bullet lodged inside his body after a shooting accident, may be sent for a CT scan.

"They might want to see just to make sure," Beckman said. "I have had them maybe two or three times since it happened (two years ago) and everything looks good. I mean, the bullet's still in there and they were checking to see if I was all right, functional, able to punt."

But here is the biggest surprise: fellow kicker Troy Westwood, who is known for giving new kickers the cold shoulder, has actually spoken to the import.

"Oh yeah, he's a nice guy," Beckman said. "I don't think I'm competing against him for placekicking or anything."

Westwood, by the way, was doing some punting on the sidelines, too.

RECORD HUNT: Whether he makes the squad at linebacker or safety, Kyries Hebert has set some lofty goals.

"I want the record for the organization for most special teams tackles in a year (42)," he said. "Also, I want to set a personal record for most interceptions in a season (four) and a defensive tackle record for myself (67) as well."

But Hebert has an even bigger goal in mind.

"The sky's the limit for this team," he said. "Anything less than going all the way would be a letdown for me, personally. We have everything it takes."


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