Playing waiting game

SCOTT UNGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

An injury in the pre-season forced Winnipeg Blue Bombers non-import receiver Arjei Franklin to watch his fellow receivers haul in passes for the first few weeks of the season.

Now healthy and itching to play, his fellow receivers haven't given head coach Doug Berry a reason to make a change.

"Arjei is capable and he's ready, but at this point I am not ready to disrupt what we have going on," Berry said.

And that can be a little on the annoying side for Franklin, who was Winnipeg's nominee for the CFL's Outstanding Rookie of the Year a season ago.

"It's real tough and I'm still waiting," Franklin said yesterday after taking a whack of reps with the No. 1 offence.

"When you get hurt, that's what kind of happens. I felt like I had a lot of momentum coming into camp. ... You get an injury and when you get back, you have to start back from the bottom.

"The guys are playing real well and I'm just waiting for my opportunity. When it does come, you got to make sure you do something with it."

WEST-GOOD: Just a few short weeks ago kicker Troy Westwood's 17-year career with the Bombers appeared to be near its end. Now, however, he is drawing praise from coach Berry after being a healthy scratch in Week 2.

"He's doing his job," Berry said of kicker who was good on two-of-three field goals last week.

Berry pointed to Westwood's 85-yard kickoff single deep into the fourth quarter against Hamilton that put Winnipeg up 26-18 as a turning point in the game.

"That was a huge kick," the head coach said. "It made a seven-point game an eight-point game.

"His field goals have been real good and I've been real satisfied with him as of late."

HOLLAND GONE: The Bombers released quarterback Justin Holland yesterday, who was fourth on their depth chart.

"It wasn't things Justin did wrong," Berry said. "It was more about who has more to offer the team as a No. 3 quarterback right now."

With Ryan Dinwoodie firmly in the backup role behind starter Kevin Glenn, it was decided by the staff to go with Cliff Kingsbury as their third string guy, as he can also hold for field goals.

"It wasn't easy," Berry said of the decision to go with Kingsbury in the three spot. "You could probably be right or wrong by flipping a coin."

GRUMPY TABBIES: Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Charlie Taaffe refused to shake Berry's hand after last Friday's 36-18 Bomber win because Berry chose to kick a field goal on the last play of the game to ensure Winnipeg would have all the points they could get if the four-game season series came down to a point differential.

Berry said yesterday he respects Hamilton so much that he had to try for the field goal.

"For me, I was looking at how they were improving from week to week and how competitive they were playing," Berry said. "In fact, we were behind to them in the fourth quarter."

FINAL DRIVE: Bombers defensive end Brian Guebert is expected to return to the lineup for Friday's game in Hamilton after nursing a hamstring injury ... Stealing from the famous White Outs here in Winnipeg, the Tiger-Cats are billing Friday's game as a Black Out, encouraging fans to wear black ... Winnipeg returns to practise this morning before flying to Hamilton tomorrow.


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