Move could open up job for Canuck

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

The 'Special K' Experiment will take further shape under the bright lights on Thursday.

The Blue Bombers are testing Kyries (Special K) Hebert, an import, at weak-side linebacker in training camp. If he can make the grade, it would open a spot for a Canadian at safety -- if one of the Canucks in camp proves he can handle the job. So, eyes will be focused on both positions when Winnipeg plays host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in pre-season action.

"I was just talking to Kyries coming off the field (yesterday) morning and he's feeling really comfortable there," said Bombers head coach Doug Berry.

"He said, 'I'm ready to play right now.' So, we'll see.

"It's still a matter of getting the live reads and toning down his aggressiveness. He wants to make every play and you can't. You have to play disciplined football when you're in the box and play responsibly. So, it will be a matter of how he adapts to the live game."

If this Rubik's Cube can't get solved, Hebert will return to safety and an import will most likely be plugged in at weak-side linebacker, with Corey Jenkins being the best guess there. And unless a Canadian unexpectedly unseats an American elsewhere, that would force the Bombers to start two Canadian receivers.

QB QUESTION: Quarterback Kevin Glenn, tailback Charles Roberts and slotback Milt Stegall will be among the veterans who will not dress for Thursday's contest.

In fact, Glenn has already has had his reps reduced as Brad Banks, Ryan Dinwiddie and Justin Holland were given more work to prepare them for the game.

"We've taught a lot of football and I'm very happy with their retention," said quarterbacks coach Kit Cartwright. "They've all got very good minds and that's where it all starts so, we're in good shape.

"These two pre-season games are for making an educated decision, making the right decision."

However, all of the veterans who sit Thursday will need to play at least a half when the Bombers play in Hamilton a week from this Friday.

REUNION: When punter Pat Fleming walked into the Winnipeg locker room last week, it was like a homecoming of sorts for him.

"I know quite a few of the guys already on the team, mostly from Ottawa and a couple from Hamilton," he said. "It's good when you come in and know 10-15 guys already so it was definitely more comfortable coming in than when you don't know anybody."

HOLDING PATTERN: Both non-import wide receivers Jamie Stoddard -- who handled the chores last season -- and Arjei Franklin had been splitting time as holders for Troy Westwood placekicks. But Corey Jenkins, an import LB who played quarterback in college, was pinning the ball towards the end of the yesterday's practice.

WALKING WOUNDED: DE Brian Guebert and WR Albert Johnson III returned to the practice field but LB Toney Edison (elbow), OL Alexandre Gauthier (hamstring) and Jermese Jones (quad), DL Stevie Baggs and DB Greg Bearman (groin) were sidelined.


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