Hackney gets ticket out of town

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

The gunslinger is gone, but he was replaced quickly.

The Bombers released hard-throwing quarterback Darrell Hackney after the first practice yesterday and replaced him with Richie Williams, who is expected to participate in his first workout this morning despite being in Winnipeg since Sunday.

Hackney is 6-feet tall, but he weighed a whopping 253 pounds. That's not good when you're trying to be a quarterback in head coach Mike Kelly's new offence.

"There were several factors (for his release), but at the end of the day I've spoken quite often about the ability to make plays with your feet," Kelly said. "We have to operate with a sense of urgency, and I just think that the other guys were operating at a higher level than what he was.

"Now, obviously a lot of fans saw, as I saw, that he does have an exceptional arm, but when you put everything together that goes into making a quarterback, I didn't feel like the positives of his ability to throw the football overwhelmed the other negative aspects."

Kelly said the Bombers don't plan to bring in another quarterback.

THE ROUGH STUFF: Kelly wasn't complaining when centre Obby Khan and second-year linebacker Pierre-Luc Labbe had the camp's first fight during the morning workout.

"I would expect it," Kelly said. "This is a high-adrenaline, testosterone-driven profession, and guys are fighting for jobs. I expect those things. I don't shy away from them.

"Shoot, my dad locked the screen door and wouldn't let me come back in the house until I went and beat up this one kid, so I'm kind of used to that stuff."

LATE HITS: After sitting out the first day and a half with an ankle problem, kicker Alexis Serna finally booted the ball yesterday afternoon. He and fellow import Bradley Pierson appeared to be fairly even in both field goals and punts ... The Bombers have added import defensive end DeVon Hicks, who tried out for the Saskatchewan Roughriders last year but didn't make the team ... Director of player personnel John Murphy said talks with holdout defensive back Lenny Walls went better yesterday but a new deal isn't done yet ... Defensive back Jonathan Hefney is expected to finally be on the field today after experiencing passport problems ... Saskatchewan head coach Ken Miller told reporters yesterday that the Roughriders have no interest in quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie at this time.


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