Roberts could miss first game due to injury

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

If you're a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and you're healthy, there's a good chance you'll play next weekend in Toronto.

Despite earning a 27-13 win over the Calgary Stampeders on Friday, they lost several players to injury, several of whom are doubtful for Saturday's important match against the Argos.

Concern No. 1 is running back Charles Roberts, who suffered a thigh bruise in the fourth quarter on Friday night. Head coach Doug Berry said "there's a chance" Roberts won't play Saturday, but his current status is day-to-day.

"We'll see how it is," Berry said. "I gotta find out how he is, if he can even practise this week. If he can't practise, chances are we won't play him.

"But if he's ready to go on Day 2 (Wednesday), if he's cleared, then we'll make a decision. I know it'll be really tough to keep Charles Roberts out of the lineup."

Roberts, who has never missed a game due to injury, rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries versus the Stamps. If he can't go against the Argos, Fred Reid will start at tailback and GM Brendan Taman will sign someone new to be Reid's backup.

There are at least two starters who are doubtful for Saturday's game. Linebacker Ike Charlton suffered a shoulder injury against Calgary, while defensive back Davin Bush sprained an ankle.

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It wasn't any better for the backups and special teamers. Safety Greg Bearman, the team's second-leading special teams tackler, suffered a concussion and is questionable. Defensive end Brian Guebert won't play on Saturday after pulling his hamstring, while cornerback Ian Logan is doubtful after pulling his groin.

There is good news for the Bombers on the injury front, however. Slotback Arjei Franklin, offensive lineman Matt Sheridan and defensive back Anthony Malbrough -- all starters -- have been cleared to return to the lineup, as has special teamer David Lowry.

The team is also breathing a sigh of relief after learning that cornerback Juran Bolden's back injury is of the muscular variety, which is a good thing. Bolden won't play in Toronto, but he is expected back for Winnipeg's final regular-season game on Nov. 2, a home date against the Montreal Alouettes.

LATE HITS: Berry said defensive back Kelly Malveaux or the other outside linebacker, Cam Hall, could replace Charlton if he can't play on Saturday ... The Bombers have released LB David Hewson from their practice roster ... Winnipeg will host either the East Division semifinal on Nov. 11 or the East final on Nov. 18. "That's an accomplishment we should be proud of," Taman said ... The Bombers return to the practice field tomorrow.


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