Malbrough dying to contribute

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Anthony Malbrough has never been on a winning team in his five-year CFL career.

The defensive back is on one now with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who lead the East Division with a 4-2-1 record, but he hasn't exactly felt like a key cog while sitting out the last five games with a hamstring injury.

"When you're sitting on the side, no matter what it is, you feel like you're not a part of the team," Malbrough said.

"No matter what's going on -- winning, losing or whatever -- you're not out there playing, running around, helping the team.

"You just feel like you're not a part of the team."

Malbrough, however, was taking part yesterday in the Bombers' first practice following their bye week and is expected to return to the lineup this Friday night when the Bombers host the Toronto Argonauts at Canad Inns Stadium.

"Just being back out there made me feel so good," Malbrough said.

Bombers head coach Doug Berry said cornerback Robert Bean, who has missed five games with a knee injury, is also healthy enough to play Friday against the Boatmen.

"They looked like they were ready to go today based on what I saw," Berry said.

PULLED UP LAME

If Malbrough and Bean both draw into the starting lineup, they will likely push Sam Young and Greg Moss to reserve roles.

Malbrough appeared healed three weeks ago, but he pulled up lame at practice and went back to watching from the sidelines.

"I thought I was (ready), but I wasn't," he said. "The thing was, it was probably a little too early, premature. I was feeling mentally that I was ready, but the hamstring wasn't ready.

"It was a case where it was almost there, and it was getting there, but I then came out and I pushed it too hard and I did too much.

"... I'm dying to play again."


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