You might say it was a busy day in Bomberville.
First, the Winnipeg club announced it had sent offensive lineman Aaron Fiacconi to the Edmonton Eskimos for a third-round draft pick in the 2008 draft. Then, last night, the Blue Bombers were celebrating the fact that both import defensive back Juran Bolden and linebacker Ike Charlton were returning to the local CFL club today.
"My head is spinning," Bombers GM Brendan Taman admitted last night.
Although Fiacconi had played in Winnipeg's first eight games this season, the 6-foot-3, 319-pounder was a healthy scratch when veteran Obby Khan returned last Sunday. Fiacconi, 27, was not likely to get back in unless an O-lineman suffered an injury.
"I've been really pleased with Aaron here," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "I liked him. He could play all the positions on the O-line. I was talking to Edmonton (Tuesday) night and they are in dire straits over there and really wanted Aaron to go over there and play for them, and presumably, start for them. This was a great opportunity for him."
Thhe Bombers still have OL Matt O'Meara and Kyle Koch here as insurance.
GOOD TIMING: Placekicker Troy Westwood should be ready to return from a hamstring injury just in time to play in the CFL game he was responsible for naming -- this Sunday's Banjo Bowl.
"I don't care what the game is," Westwood said. "I hate being hurt. I'm not a big fan of missing games. I'm ready to go. I'm excited for hopefully an opportunity ... I'm ready to go if called upon. I'm 100%."
Westwood, by the way, drove to Regina to watch the Labour Day Classic from the sidelines.
"I certainly felt the excitement because, when you're playing, you're in a different mindset so you can't really appreciate that, the energy of it," said Westwood, who once referred to Roughriders fans as "banjo-pickin' inbreds."
"I actually had to walk around the stadium 10 minutes before the game to get to the sidelines so I was in amongst the fans before the game and they were remarkably kind to me. It was really surprising. I was getting hugs and getting pictures taken ... It was really good. It was a good experience."
HASHMARKS: Sunday's Banjo Bowl should officially become Winnipeg's fifth straight sellout sometime today ... Although SB Milt Stegall, OL Matt Sheridan, LB Corey Jenkins, S Kyries Hebert and DB Kelly Malveaux took limited reps to nurse minor injuries, none of those hurts are serious ... WR Jamie Stoddard was holding for Westwood on field goal attempts in practice yesterday ... A Never Alone Foundation social in Regina raised more than $2,000 for the foundation which supports CancerCare Manitoba ...
CFL STARS: Saskatchewan QB Kerry Joseph got the nod as the CFL's top offensive player after leading the Roughies to a 31-26 victory over the Bombers. Bomber WR Derick Armstrong was a runner-up ... B.C. DB Ryan Phillips was named top defensive player, Toronto K Noel Prefontaine top special teams player and Calgary WR Ryan Thelwell took best Canadian honours.