Blessing in disguise

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

It's not often you'll hear a football player say he's thankful for an injury.

Davin Bush, however, is one of those players.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers cornerback, one of the team's big free-agent signings in the off-season, has struggled through two injuries early in the season, but he's ready to make a comeback.

Bush is expected to start Friday night when the Bombers (3-2-1) take on the B.C. Lions (5-1) in Vancouver.

"It feels great," Bush said yesterday with a big smile on his face. "It feels real good just to be out there running around in coverages, just being with my teammates."

Bush said his second injury, a groin pull suffered July 19 in Montreal, helped him fully heal his first affliction, a sprained ankle sustained in the team's final pre-season game on June 22.

The ankle problem caused him to miss the first game of the season, and the groin pull forced him to sit out the last two.

"It was just unfortunate about my groin, but my ankle got a chance to heal, too, because I wasn't 100%," Bush said. "I was still hurting out there, but I just had to play, just to show that I'm a team player."

Even though the ankle wasn't completely healed, Bush feels that he played well in Weeks 2, 3 and 4.

"The only thing I would say is I gave up that touchdown against Edmonton," he said. "I don't really like getting scored on. I take that kind of personal. Other than that, I thought I played pretty good."

Bush signed a free-agent deal with the Bombers on the same day in February that defensive back Stanford Samuels departed for the Edmonton Eskimos. As a result, some fans will always compare Bush to Samuels in the production department.

Bush, who had 15 interceptions in 78 games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, isn't worried about filling the void left by Samuels, a fan favourite until his bitter departure.

"There wasn't any pressure on me, because I knew I worked out hard, and hard work is going to pay off sooner or later," he said. "I came up here to do one thing, and that's win and go to the Grey Cup.

"It wasn't any pressure on me, because they already have a good defence. I was just going to fit in and make plays whenever I have an opportunity to make plays."

Bush isn't the only member of the secondary who has been bitten by the injury bug, as Anthony Malbrough, Robert Bean and Ian Logan are all nursing nicks. Head coach Doug Berry said Bean won't play this week but there's a chance Malbrough and Logan might.

Winnipeg is last in the CFL when it comes to passing yards allowed, so Bush will be looked upon to restore some stability. He hopes to deliver.

"It was like I'd take two steps forward and take three back," Bush said. "Hopefully this is my last injury (he stops to knock on wood), and we'll just work on getting better every week as a secondary, as a defence and as a team. I take a lot of pride in what I do."


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