Bean shakes off bad game

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

Yes, Robert Bean is well aware he struggled two weeks ago against the Calgary Stampeders.

No, Robert Bean did not climb into a laundry cart in the locker-room yesterday afternoon and sob uncontrollably when asked about said Calgary game.

And yes, Robert Bean is looking forward to redeeming himself on Saturday afternoon against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and possibly into the post-season.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers cornerback will start in place of the injured Willie Amos, who could be out for a while with a hamstring pull. It appears Bean will move out to the wide side of the field, with Stanford Samuels shifting to the short side to replace Amos.

Bean didn't just get benched after Stamps quarterback Henry Burris victimized him several times on Oct. 18 at McMahon Stadium; he was sent to the practice roster.

Now he's getting a second chance.

"I know I had a bad game," Bean said. "I'm not worried about it. I've had bad games before, and I've had great games. I don't let it bother me, the choice they made, the moves they made.

"I just do what I'm supposed to do and make sure I handle my business on the field. So yeah, I'm ready to get back out there."

INJURY UPDATE: Running back Fred Reid (ribs) watched the start of practice yesterday but was back carrying the ball like he normally does by the end of it and will start on Saturday against the Tabbies, head coach Doug Berry said.

Fellow tailback Joe Smith (knee) watched practice yesterday and if he sits out again today, he won't play until next week's East Division semifinal against Edmonton.

Quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie (ankle) will not play Saturday, while defensive back Anthony Malbrough (hamstring) is doubtful.

Linebacker Joe Lobendahn, who has been out with a knee injury since the Banjo Bowl, is getting closer to a return and could be ready next week, Berry said.

It's not known what position Lobendahn would play if he came back, but Berry said he can also play weak-side linebacker.

LATE HITS: Bombers kick returner Jason Armstead yesterday was named CFL special teams player of the week. Armstead had 153 all-purpose yards in Sunday's 24-23 win over Montreal, including six punt returns for 61 yards and and three kickoff returns for 92 yards ... The Bombers have added defensive back Willie Byrd to their practice roster. Byrd dressed for four games with Calgary earlier this year, his last coming against Winnipeg on July 24. He was released five days later ... Berry said Alexis Serna will kick on Saturday and linebacker Barrin Simpson will not be taken off the nine-game injured list to play.


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