Bombers bring in another import

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

On a day when the Blue Bombers were getting fitted for retro jerseys, Winnipeg brought a former CFL kicker to town to challenge for a job.

Mark Myers, an import who played three games for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2006, was trying to show his wares in gale-force winds during yesterday's practice at Canad Inns Stadium.

"It's (wind) something you've got to get used to," said the 6-foot, 210-pounder who can both punt and placekick. "You've got to keep the ball down and drive a little bit more."

Myers 26, went 5-for-6 with Hamilton and averaged 57.7-yards on kickoffs before Nick Setta beat him out in last year's training camp.

"The one he missed was from the 47 and the longest one he kicked was from the 44," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry, who knew little else about the Florida Atlantic product.

Myers was invited to the New York Jets camp this year and was just recently released from that NFL team. He challenged struggling import kicker Alexis Serna and Canadian K Warren Kean. But the wind played havoc with all three.

"I cannot evaluate on a day like this," Berry readily admitted.

Myers, who is more comfortable placekicking, was unaware of all of the kicking woes that have been swirling around the Bombers this season.

"That's not important to me, I'm just out here to make field goals and I'm competing against myself," he said. "I'm just here to do the best I can to help them win, and let them make those decisions," he said.

POOR TIMING: As reported here yesterday, Jason Armstead was not really AWOL, he missed Sunday's practice because he thought it was in the afternoon rather than the morning.

"It was just a big mistake on my behalf with communications," the kick returner/wide receiver said sheepishly after yesterday's practice. "I was here. I was back and made it through customs and everything. I've had nine-hour stays there (border) and the one time they let me through, I don't make it to practice.

"It was one of those deals, and I regret it, but we've moved forward and my cheque will be a little bit lighter. But other than that, I'm back at practice, back at work."

Berry confirmed that he fined Armstead.

"Oh, that was innocent," Berry said. "After (Sunday's) practice, I called his home and got his mom, and she was startled because she knew he was on a plane the day before.

"I did talk to him and told him what I had to do (levy fine), that I didn't hold anything against him but sometimes, we can have a miscommunication. But it's his responsibility to know what time practice is."

ARMSTRONG LIMPING: Armstead will get more work with the offence this week, especially after WR Derick Armstrong limped off the practice field and into the locker-room during yesterday's workout.

"He got a bit of an aggravation to the calf (injury) that he already had and we just said, 'OK, he can feel it so let's pull him off right now,'" said a concerned Berry.

SB Milt Stegall is not expected to practise much for the rest of the season because of his sore knee.


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