Shuffling the hogs

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:11 PM ET

It's likely the Blue Bombers will have to make an adjustment to their offensive line for this week's tilt against the B.C. Lions.

Left guard Matt Sheridan suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday's win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and is doubtful for Friday's game at Canad Inns Stadium.

Bombers GM Brendan Taman said a possible scenario is to have Dominic Picard replace Obby Khan at centre and move Khan to left guard, although he hadn't yet discussed the situation with head coach Doug Berry.

Sheridan's absence would also mean the insertion of either Matt O'Meara or Kyle Koch, the pride of Kenora, Ont., into the lineup. Neither has dressed for a game this season.

"Because of the position, it might be Koch," said Taman, who is now looking to sign another O-lineman for depth purposes.

As for other injuries, punter Rob Pikula is day-to-day with a concussion, although Taman said he was feeling better yesterday. Defensive end Gavin Walls suffered a finger injury, but it's not believed to be serious.

Defensive tackle Jerome Haywood is expected to miss his second straight contest with a biceps injury. Taman said Haywood's replacement on Saturday night, Jabari Issa, "was not hurting us."

NICE GRAB: Bombers slotback Arjei Franklin couldn't remember many other spectacular grabs like the one he made on Saturday night.

Franklin was running a crossing pattern, and Kevin Glenn's pass was behind him. Franklin leaped in the air, threw his hands back and somehow made the grab before crashing to the turf.

"If I think back, the only other (highlight-reel) catch that I may have had was in high school," he said. "In high school we had four downs. It was a one-hander on fourth-and-10 for a first down. So that was pretty big.

"But that (one Saturday) is right up there. It was pretty special. I just kinda threw my hands out, and it stuck. Thank God for that one."

WHERE'S THE O?: Glenn threw for 184 yards on Saturday (his lowest total in 16 games dating back to last season), and the Bombers had 266 yards of gross offence that became 183 net yards after team losses.

"Offensively we gotta get better if we want to win the East and go all the way," Glenn said.

Even though they were playing against the league's worst team, Taman isn't about to hit the panic button after the offence's second straight dubious performance.

"Our offence is going to be fine," he said.

LATE HITS: The Lions may be without P/K Paul McCallum on Friday. He suffered a lower back injury on Saturday against Calgary ... The Leos, however, are expected to have CB Dante Marsh back in the lineup. He missed nine games with a knee injury ... Since it's a short week, the Bombers will be back on the practice field this afternoon.


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