Injured Canucks fall as first cuts made

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

It's an old saying, but it's so true: You can't make the club from the tub.

University of Manitoba Bisons fullback Neil Fulgueras learned that lesson the hard way yesterday, getting released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after suffering a sever hamstring pull on Day 1 of training camp Sunday.

The axe also fell on Canadian receiver Jeff Keegan, who went down on Day 1 with a knee injury. Keegan had a connection to Manitoba, as he was born in Winnipeg and spent the first eight years of his life living in Portage la Prairie.

Bombers GM Brendan Taman said Fulgueras, a B.C. native, will now decide if he wants to return for his final year of eligibility with the Bisons or move on in life.

Taman urged the 27-year-old to return to the Bisons.

The Bombers replaced Fulgueras on the roster with fullback Gilles Lezi, who failed his physical on Saturday but got medical clearance Tuesday morning.

TWO-WAY STREET: There were plenty of players moving in both directions on the path between the infirmary and the practice field yesterday.

Linebacker Barrin Simpson returned from the flu, offensive lineman Matt O'Meara fought through a hip flexor problem, and defensive end Shawn Mayne came back from an arm injury.

Offensive lineman Matt Sheridan also returned from the flu for the first practice, but he hadn't fully recuperated and missed the second workout.

Receiver Arjei Franklin fell and banged his knee on the cement that surrounds the field, but he should be fine.

Meanwhile, Berry expects offensive lineman Val St. Germain, who's missed all of camp so far with a back injury, to be on the field today, and O-lineman Alexandre Gauthier's hamstring problem should only keep him out for another day or two.

PAGING PAT: Canadian punter Pat Fleming, formerly of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, didn't arrive in Winnipeg yesterday as expected, as another CFL team has entered the picture.

Taman admitted he and Fleming's agent, Gil Scott, are trying to work out a deal, but another squad, possibly the Edmonton Eskimos, are doing the same.

"He will sign a contract somewhere by the weekend," Taman said.

LATE HITS: The Bombers will practise only once today, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., but they will do it in full pads ... Berry said placekicker Troy Westwood has hit "probably over 90%" of his field goals through three days of camp, which have all been attempted from 37 yards ... Starting quarterback Kevin Glenn likely won't play in next Thursday's pre-season home game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. If he does, it will be for one series only.


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