Bean big addition to secondary

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

The big ball hawk is back.

Winnipeg cornerback Robert Bean will not only return from knee surgery but he will likely start when the Blue Bombers host Toronto in a key CFL contest on Friday, head coach Doug Berry confirmed yesterday.

"I'm ready," said Bean, who led the club with four interceptions despite limited action last season. "Should they put me out there, I'm going to do my best.

"I'm at game speed, especially straightway, I'm real good, and the cutting's been good. It (knee) feels good, 100% ... And we really need some interceptions."

Joining Bean in the secondary will be Anthony Malbrough, who will likely start at defensive half, meaning Davin Bush will move to corner. They will have to replace two import DBs, likely rookie Chijioke Onyenegecha and Sam Young.

Although DB Kelly Malveaux missed practice because his wife gave birth to a baby girl yesterday morning, he is expected play Friday.

GOOD KICKER: With placekicker Troy Westwood (hamstring) still injured, backup quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie has been taking turns at both placekicking and punting just in case something happens to Rob Pikula. And Dinwiddie has looked pretty good.

"Yeah, I'm a pretty good kicker," he said. "Actually, my first scholarship offer was as a kicker. So, I was a pretty good kicker in high school. I didn't do much of since then. I did a little bit of it in college in case someone got hurt, I did it in practice. It came pretty natural for me.

"I didn't punt much in high school, we scored too many touchdowns. I kicked a lot of extra points, though. In my senior year, we were pretty good. I kicked a game-winning field goal, too, in front of 24,000 for the city (Sacramento) championship. So that was pretty cool. That was the highlight of my kicking career, I guess."

Pikula denied that he was worried.

"Rob didn't say much but a while ago, I went 6-for-6 and Westwood came up to me and said, 'Hey, I'm going to send my boys and you have come back a little here a little late tomorrow.'"

Berry appreciates Dinwiddie's versatility.

"He's a talented guy," Berry said. "He can kick a 40-yard field goal, he can punt the ball 50 yards and he can play some quarterback."

NEVER ALONE CASH: Participants of the University of Manitoba's Mini-University program raised $1,500 for the Never Alone Foundation by selling Never Alone Bracelets during lunch hours, the Bombers announced yesterday ... The Manitoba Midget Football League also raised $3,940 for the Foundation, which supports CancerCare Manitoba, at its second annual Gary Stroppa Bowl. Game sponsors Wal-Mart and Old Dutch Foods kicked in another $7,000 together ... The Foundation will also hold a Fishing Derby at The Forks on Sept. 12. Pledge forms are available at the Bomber office.


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