The Winnipeg Blue Bombers cut a quarterback yesterday, but his name was not Brad Banks.
The Blue and Gold released left-hander Matt Bohnet, which wasn't a surprise considering he had his practice reps taken away 11 days ago and was asked to stick around as an insurance policy.
Bohnet's departure leaves Banks, Ryan Dinwiddie and Justin Holland to battle it out for the two quarterback spots behind starter Kevin Glenn.
NOT A SHOCK
It wouldn't have been a shock if Banks was the one getting the pink slip yesterday. The fourth-year pro completed just one of seven attempts for four yards and two interceptions in Thursday's pre-season loss to Hamilton.
However, head coach Doug Berry defended Banks to the hilt immediately after Thursday's game, and he continued to do just that yesterday.
"Nobody around him picked up their game to make him even begin to look like he could move the football team," Berry said. "The ultimate test of a quarterback is: Can he move the team?
"Well, you're not going to move the team when your guys are creating penalties, moving us back, dropping passes and not running the routes at the proper depth.
"I was disappointed with a lot of guys on the field and not just Brad Banks."
If Banks is breathing a sigh of relief for not getting the ax, he's not showing it. He threw a few more bullets in practice yesterday with the second-team offence and was standing strong in an interview afterwards.
"Everybody around here knows what I can do," Banks said. "I had a bad game, but it's behind me and I'm just looking forward to just continuing to get better.
"I know the coach is confident in me, and that's a good thing to know."
Berry will take three quarterbacks to Hamilton for Friday's pre-season finale, and one of them will be Glenn. Berry doesn't know which two of the remaining three passers will be making the trip.
The quarterback who is left behind won't necessarily be out of the picture, according to the coach.
"I still don't think that our No. 2, whoever it is, is head and shoulders above anybody else right now," Berry said. "I don't think this is an easy decision.
"From outside you have your own perspectives, but from what I see on watching film, what I see of being in the huddle, and what I see of evaluating the talent that's there and how they read it, I'm comfortable with still being able to keep it a three-man race as to who's going to back up Kevin until we have to make a decision."
The Bombers have until Saturday at 10:59 p.m. to declare their 46-man roster.