Need more time to evaluate Kingsbury

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

Kliff Kingsbury is the odd quarterback out -- for now.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers yesterday released Kingsbury, acquired from Montreal last week for Brad Banks, but have asked him to stick around on the practice roster.

That means Justin Holland will be the third-string quarterback behind Kevin Glenn and Ryan Dinwiddie tomorrow night when the Bombers open their season in Edmonton against the Eskimos.

Kingsbury is in the fourth-string slot because the coaching staff hasn't had enough time to evaluate him, nor has the CFL rookie had enough time to learn the Bomber playbook.

MARKET CORNERED: Ian Logan has been spending an awful lot of time at cornerback this week for a guy who still calls himself a safety.

"I'm still playing free safety," Logan stressed yesterday. "We've got a lot of injuries right now, so we gotta cover ourselves.

"If somebody goes down, we have to have the ability to move around. I can play the corner spot, but I'm still considered a safety."

When Logan is patrolling the area by the sidelines, Kyries Hebert has been filling in at safety. The defensive scheme appears to be a way to get both Corey Jenkins and Cam Hall into starting linebacker spots.

Regardless, Bombers defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall plans to throw many looks at Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray tomorrow night.

"(Greg) will be busy," head coach Doug Berry said. "No question."

QUOTABLE: "I don't have a feeling about that. I'm a non-betting man. I don't go to casinos."

-- Berry, when informed that oddsmakers have the Bombers pegged to win the East Division.

LATE HITS: Bombers rookie defensive end Brian Guebert, a long shot to make the team when camp opened, will make his CFL debut tomorrow night. In the stands at Commonwealth Stadium will be his parents, his girlfriend and her family, and two former roommates. "I gotta find some tickets now. That's the thing," Guebert said. "It's a good problem to have." ... Injured players not making the trip to Edmonton this morning are WR Arjei Franklin (ankle), DB Davin Bush (ankle), OL Matt O'Meara (concussion), SB O'Neil Wilson (calf), WR Adam Eckert (finger), OL Obby Khan (illness), CB Greg Moss (hamstring) and OL Val St. Germain (back) ... DT Jerome Haywood is the lone healthy reserve not going to Edmonton. Nate Davis will start on the defensive line.


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