Olynick's comeback attempt over

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

Cory Olynick's comeback attempt has come to an end.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers released the 30-year-old fullback yesterday along with fifth-string quarterback Matt Bohnet.

Olynick, a Regina native, played 10 games with the Bombers in 2004, but he ruptured his Achilles tendon during the team's 2005 training camp. He was planning to return to Winnipeg in 2006, but he decided at the last minute not to come because his ankle didn't feel right.

He made good on his promise to give it more shot this spring, but to no avail.

"Whatever happens, happens," Olynick told Sun Media on June 8. "But I'll be grateful for the opportunity."

Olynick had been working as a financial planner in Regina.

The Bombers now have 71 players in camp, which means they will have to release between 15 and 20 more before Saturday at 10:59 p.m.

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD: Bombers defensive end Stevie Baggs still makes people cringe when he runs, but he made his coaches smile with a strong showing in last week's pre-season opener.

The second-year Bomber, whose extreme pigeon toes make his running style, uhh, unique, had five tackles and a pair of pass knockdowns in Thursday's loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Baggs is in a bit of a pickle, however, because he's playing behind established starters in Gavin Walls and Tom Canada.

"When you've got guys like Tom and Gavin, I mean, last year coming in, I didn't know what I was going to do," Baggs said. "I just had to stay resilient and keep working hard in order to get my opportunity and gain the coach's confidence. I was glad I was able to do so."

Baggs might be making even more of a believer out of head coach Doug Berry, who has emphasized at least twice in the last week that Canada and Walls are being pushed.

"He's challenging again," Berry said of Baggs. "Our ends, they can feel the pressure. We've got depth there."

LATE HITS: LB Toney Edison, who had been nursing a hamstring injury, took a few reps yesterday, as did Davin Bush (leg), but the rest of the injured masses watched practice again. That included WR Kerry Johnson (lower body), OL Matt O'Meara (concussion), SB Albert Johnson III (hamstring), WR O'Neil Wilson (calf), SB Quentin McCord (thigh), OL Alex Gauthier (hamstring), S Greg Bearman (groin) and CB Robert Bean (shoulder) ... The Bombers practise once today, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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