The Winnipeg Blue Bombers secondary is bruised, battered and watching a lot of practice.
With Ricky Ray and the Edmonton Eskimos coming to town this Friday night, that is not a good thing.
Cornerback Robert Bean suffered a knee injury Thursday against the Montreal Alouettes, and it's believed he will require arthroscopic surgery later this week. That would keep him out of the lineup a minimum of two weeks or as many as four.
Halfback Anthony Malbrough suffered a hamstring injury that will force him to miss Friday's game and most likely next week's contest in Montreal as well.
If that's not enough, cornerback Greg Moss is still out with a hamstring injury and isn't yet ready to practise, let alone play.
As a result, Bomber GM Brendan Taman is working the phones in effort to bring in one or two defensive backs as quickly as he can.
Second-year halfback Gabriel Fulbright should return this week from turf toe, while rookie Chijioke Onyenegecha will draw into the lineup for the first time and might even start.
BACK AT IT: Don't be surprised to see Adam Eckert leading the Bombers in one-handed grabs this season.
The 29-year-old wide receiver returned to practice on Sunday after sitting out the last month with a finger injury.
The former Sisler Spartan spent his time on the shelf shagging balls for receivers coach Bob Dyce during practice.
That meant he had to catch every ball with only his right hand, and he got pretty good at it after a while.
"The right hand is doing a little bit better than before the injury," Eckert said, "but now I just gotta concentrate on getting that left hand caught up now."
Eckert dislocated his left index finger so severely in practice on June 4 that the bone popped through the skin. Not a good injury for someone who uses his hands to earn a living.
"I could see the bone and a little bit of tendons, so for the faint at heart it wasn't exactly pretty," Eckert said. "But blood wasn't everywhere. There was just a little bit of minor blood, and it wasn't really as bloody and gruesome as everybody thought it was, but nonetheless you don't want to see your own bone."
LATE HITS: Troy Westwood nailed his first seven field-goal attempts and Rob Pikula had a better showing as Day 2 of the placekicking battle took place at Bomber practice yesterday. "We're still evaluating," Berry said. Pikula will at least punt on Friday ... WR Derick Armstrong (knee) sat out practice again yesterday but is possible for Friday ... The Bombers practise today at 11:10 a.m.