Better late than never

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

The mystery has been solved.

The speedster was almost right under their noses the whole time.

Turns out that recently-signed Winnipeg kick returner/wide receiver Jason Armstead was not really AWOL after all. Armstead not only missed the Blue Bombers' first practice after the bye week on Sunday, he did not even call to tell them where he was.

"He just got discombobulated with the practice time," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said yesterday. "He was in Winnipeg the whole time but thought practice was at 3 p.m. (not 10:45 a.m.)."

Apparently, Armstead did show up at 3 p.m., Taman said. However, Armstead will still likely get fined for missing the workout.

KICKER COMING: Taman is hoping to have a new import kicker in camp as soon as today.

"I'm hoping to have one here quick," he said. "But I need a guy who does both (punting and placekicking) and do it well. Right now, there aren't that many candidates."

But the placekicking job is still Alexis Serna's to lose, Taman added.

"If we can't find an American kicker who can do both well, then we will bring back Duncan O'Mahony," said Taman, who had discussed the possibility of bringing O'Mahony back this week with head coach Doug Berry. But they have decided to wait. O'Mahony was sent home after suffering a broken toe earlier this year.

NEW BLOOD: Although a couple of other NFL cuts could be brought in this week, Taman declined to say what positions they would be. He is also reluctant to bring in too many players before the final NFL cuts and before the Sept. 8 date when practice rosters can be expanded.

Although Toronto released perennial all-star safety Orlondo Steinauer yesterday, Taman indicated that his contract is likely too rich for Bomber blood. Besides, he is an import and the Bombers do not know how they could juggle the ratio to start him.

COIN TOSS: Remember when Roughriders GM Eric Tillman dealt Kerry Joseph to Toronto last winter?

"Yeah, he said it was a flip of the coin between Joseph and (Marcus) Crandell as to who was going to start last year," Taman reminded us. "But Eric's been known to make some bold moves."

"We're in a production-based business," Tillman told the Regina Leader-Post. "There are things which have contributed to the last two losses. We are 6-2 and we're pleased with that.

"You have to remove emotion from the equation and assess where your team is."

Now, Crandell is expected to be cut or traded and the B.C. may be interested. Lions QB Jarious Jackson suffered a broken middle finger on his throwing hand last week.

CHAI TIME: Kevin Glenn spent some time working at his Tim Hortons franchise in Detroit during the bye week.

"I drink chai tea with four sugars and one cream," the laid-back Bombers QB said.

"It was a time just to relax and get away from football."

OLD LOOK: Both the Bombers and Argos will unveil retro uniforms at press conferences in Winnipeg and Toronto today. The Bombers will introduce theirs at their new Bomber Store at the St. Vital Mall at 3 p.m.


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