Blue release three

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

Maybe Ron Warner was right.

After Winnipeg traded the defensive lineman to Edmonton and signed Nate Davis as a free agent, Warner left a parting shot.

"They want to build a team to win the Grey Cup there and they think Nate Davis can do the job?" Warner then told Sun Media. "Nate Davis can't come anywhere close to me."

Well, Davis was one of three players that the Blue Bombers released yesterday. The others were import defensive back Gabriel Fulbright and non-import receiver Blair Atkinson.

"The Nate Davis situation was a thing where I'm feeling really good about (defensive lineman) Jerome Haywood after a couple of games and feel like that's the direction we want move in," Bombers head coach Doug Berry explained yesterday. "So, it was only fair to Nate to let him go and see if somebody else might be interested in using him."

Haywood has been a whirling dervish since dressing for Game 2 this season.

Davis recorded one defensive tackle in the only game he played for Winnipeg.

Expendable

Fulbright was expendable because of the play of DB Chijioke Onyenegecha and the arrival of veteran DB Sam Young.

"That's part of the decisions," Berry said. "Guys step up and, 'Whew! We've got to keep Chijioke around.' I mean, that guy can play."

Onyenegecha, 24, recorded two defensive tackles and two pass knockdowns during Friday's 19-15 loss to Edmonton.

"I felt all right," said the 6-foot-1, 209-pound rookie, who was getting advice from injured cornerback Robert Bean during the game. "I was trying to concentrate on keeping technique, staying in the game and keeping focused."

He will likely make the trip to Montreal.

Atkinson was simply the victim of the numbers game with veterans returning from injury, Berry said.

NEW HIKER: A new long-snapper, Mike Mahoney, arrived in time for yesterday's practice and will likely replace the injured Chris Cvetkovic (shoulder) in Montreal. Mahoney, 26, was one of Saskatchewan's final cuts after he served as a backup there for two years.

"I'm happy, for sure, and a little surprised," said the 6-foot-3, 230-pound McGill product. "I guess it's fairly bad luck with Chris going down and the boys getting hurt like that. But I'm happy to be here and I hope to help the team out."

The Bombers lost both Cvetkovic and backup Brian Guebert to injury.

"He's a good long snapper and that's all we're looking for -- somebody who can be consistent in getting the ball back so we don't have to worry about it," Berry said.

HASHMARKS: Both DE Gavin Walls (arm) and WR Derick Armstrong (knee) areexpected to play against Montreal on Thursday ... DB Greg Moss also returned to practice yesterday ... OL Val St. Germain was allowed to return to his Ottawa home where his wife is about to give birth ... PK Troy Westwood booted the 600th field goal of his career when he connected on the 19-yarder against Edmonton.


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