Holding an empty bag

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

Eric Wilson's time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders was short-lived.

So short, in fact, that he didn't even make it to Regina.

The Roughriders released the import defensive tackle yesterday -- at Wilson's request -- after they failed to come to terms on a new contract, just six days after acquiring him and a negotiation-list player in a trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"I traded him there with the intent of getting him a job," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said last night.

Wilson was in tough to make the Bombers this season because of his six-figure salary and the fact that he would be competing against two other CFL vets, Nate Davis and Jerome Haywood, who were making less money.

Wilson, who likely would've started in Saskatchewan, didn't want to take a pay cut, so he asked for his release.

The Bombers got tailback-returner Dominique Dorsey and defensive end Dwan Epps from the Riders in return, and Taman called Saskatchewan GM Eric Tillman yesterday to make sure there were no hard feelings.

Taman will not be going after Wilson, and he said there won't be any repercussions from the league since the deal went south after it was consummated.

HOG WOES: And just like that, the Bombers' new and improved offensive line is decimated.

Where have you heard that before?

The Blue and Gold lost three O-linemen to injury or sickness yesterday, which leaves them with only seven healthy hogs.

Left tackle Alexandre Gauthier has a hamstring problem that will keep him out for a week to 10 days, backup right tackle Matt O'Meara has a hip flexor injury, and guard Matt Sheridan is bed-ridden with the flu.

Not only that, but guard Val St. Germain has watched all of camp thus far with a bad back.

"It's hard to practise with seven O-lineman," said Taman, who is trying to get replacements in as soon as possible.

QB WATCH: The Bombers still have all five quarterbacks in camp, and head coach Doug Berry said they're all making it tough on him to let one of them go.

"That's the problem," the coach said. "I'm more happy than unhappy. The only part of me that's unhappy is somebody isn't standing out in a negative fashion."

LATE HITS: Team doctors have cleared fullback Gilles Lezi, who failed his medical on Saturday due to a kidney problem. The Bombers will have to make a roster move to clear room for Lezi ... Middle linebacker Barrin Simpson also missed yesterday's practices due to the flu ... Punter hopeful Chris Beckman was booming consistent punts yesterday, with almost all of them ranging between 45 and 50 yards -- both with the wind and against it ... Punter Pat Fleming is expected to arrive in Winnipeg today ... Camp resumes this morning at 8 a.m. and runs until 12:30 p.m.


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