Picard ready to jump back in

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

Dominic Picard hopes to become the centre of the right kind of attention when he finally returns to the fray on Thursday.

The Winnipeg hiker has been out of action since he suffered a high ankle sprain in the first game of the CFL season.

But he will be back in action when the Blue Bombers host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday.

"It was tough to watch from the sidelines, especially with the scenario which happened," Picard said, referring the club's 1-6 start. "So, I just think about now. The past is the past and there's nothing I can do about it."

Picard will bring a meanness that has been missing on the offensive line since he went out.

"I'm a big guy with intensity, right?" said the 6-foot-2, 302-pound Laval product. "So, that's what I try to bring out there with the O-line and hopefully, it will help the offence and hopefully, the whole team."

HAPPYLAND?: Newly-arrived placekicker Warren Kean saw no signs of a 1-6 club in disarray when he arrived yesterday.

"The mood seems just like other teams, they're laughing and joking," he said. "You can't take things too serious. From what I've seen, everyone's minds are in the right place. If you're looking for me to say the locker room seems like it's in a shambles and that's why they're losing, it's not. Everything's looking great."

Likewise, quarterback Kevin Glenn was determined to avoid controversy after being benched.

"As a team, we don't let that kind stuff happen," he said. "When you have controversy within your locker room, it tends to split guys up and that's one thing we don't want to do.

"It starts at the top so, if your head coach is displaying a team atmosphere, the rest of the team should, too. That kind of stuff can happen, everyone is human, but I just don't see it happening with us. It hasn't happened and hopefully, we can get this thing turned around so that it doesn't happen."

HASHMARKS: Although Kean was the only new player in town, head coach Doug Berry advised to keep watching for other changes ... Although receivers Terrence Edwards, Milt Stegall and Kerry Johnson, as well as DBs Kelly Malveaux and Anthony Malbrough all sat out yesterday's practice with injuries, Berry believes they will all practise today ... However, G Kyle Koch left a very spirited practice after suffering an eye injury.


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