Bombers cut Armstead

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers quietly released kick returner Jason Armstead yesterday.

Armstead, who revived the CFL club's return game after arriving about midway through last season, was recently charged with domestic abuse and other charges after waving a gun in traffic in Ocean Springs, Miss., during the winter.

"We think that we have already signed some players that will be very competitive on either side of the ball, plus will prove to be good punt and kick route return people and that's the direction we wanted to go," said Bomber head coach Mike Kelly, choosing his words carefully. "Legal problems aside, we feel we've signed some guys who will better fit what we wanted to do."

CALLED ON CARPET: A CFL spokesman has denied a rumour that the Bombers have been fined for conducting a quarterback school before even rookie training camp began. But they were reprimanded for it.

"It was reviewed and dealt with internally," said the spokesman, who would not elaborate. "But they weren't fined."

In other words, Kelly was called on the carpet for contravening CFL rules.

POLICY WARS: Speaking of rules, Kelly had his first confrontaion with TV reporters over the club's new policy to allow video to be shot during the first 15 minutes of practice ONLY.

"There were times last year across the league where you could see certain things being filmed in team situations and if you have an eye for what you're looking for, you can tell what's happening in practice," Kelly explained. "So, the first 15 minutes is our individual time and that's fine. After that, these are private workout sessions for us."


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