Injuries mean gutsy Winnipeg win comes at price

JIM BENDER

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

It just might be the most devastating loss to injury that the Blue Bombers will suffer on the eve of the CFL playoffs.

Winnipeg cornerback Willie Amos aggravated a hamstring problem making a game-saving pass knockdown near the end of the Bomber victory in Montreal on Sunday and is out indefinitely.

"(It's) not very good there," Bomber head coach Doug Berry said yesterday. "Obviously, a guy who runs and has to depend on his speed, it takes longer (to recover). He's out at least a week, let's put it that way."

Veteran defensive back Anthony Malbrough (groin), who sat out Sunday, will not be rushed back to action this week. But CB Robert Bean was a healthy scratch Sunday and is available.

The Bombers are actively seeking options at both defensive back and running back.

DINWIDDIE OUT: Backup QB Ryan Dinwiddie returned from Montreal on crutches and is also out indefinitely with an ankle sprain.

"He's certainly not ready for this week," Berry said.

That means Bryan Randall will move up to No. 2 and Timmy Chang will dress for the first time since signing with the Blue Bombers when Winnipeg plays host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this Saturday.

Starting QB Kevin Glenn, however, is good to go despite suffering a minor thumb injury on his non-throwing hand.

"I want to be able to play Kevin Glenn," Berry said. "I'd like to be able to continue what we've been doing at the quarterback position and give Kevin some quality reps and let the next guys come in the game."

Berry liked what Randall showed Sunday.

"(Randall) was able to move the team," he said. "Sometimes, he did it with his feet. He kind of gave us a different dimension when he's in there and that's something that defences don't necessarily get ready for when they prepare for Winnipeg's quarterbacks."

SMITH A MAYBE: RB Joe Smith missed most of the second half with a twisted knee and will be reassessed when the team returns to practice tomorrow. Although Berry believes RB Fred Reid (ribs) will be ready to return, he will also have a better idea tomorrow.

SERNA PRAISED: Berry, meanwhile, praised K Alexis Serna, who kicked the game-winning field goal with his father in Montreal watching.

"That fourth quarter was huge for him," Berry said. "He had two punts, one for 50 and more and another for 46. The only short punt of 30, we put down inside the 15-yard line. So, he was awesome with his punting and of course, he hit the field goal from 33 at the end to put us in the lead. He did a great job, which is exactly what we had to have from him in the fourth quarter."

SO WHAT?: Edmonton was determined to be Winnipeg's opponent in the Eastern Semifinal when Saskatchewan slaughtered the Eskimos 55-9 Saturday.

"I haven't even thought about it," Berry said. "I haven't even watched Hamilton on film yet. I've been dealing with personnel and watching this last game."

BELLEFEUILLE BACK: The Tiger-Cats have signed head coach Marcel Bellefeuille, who has one win in seven games, to a three-year contract extension.


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