Walls eager to play now that he has new deal

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

Lenny Walls has a new contract, so he's ready to play some football.

The former Denver Broncos defensive back was on the practice field yesterday at Canad Inns Stadium after signing a new deal earlier in the day.

The Calgary Stampeders traded Walls to Winnipeg in May when they couldn't come to an agreement on a new contract. The change of scenery didn't change anything for Walls, who still wanted some more money.

Despite sitting out 12 days of camp, it's believed the 6-foot-4 Walls is a front-runner for a starting role in the secondary.

"I'm happy, definitely," Walls said. "The team got it done. I feel very appreciative of the patience and how it went down. But I'm here now.

"The good thing about me is that doesn't take me long to get up to beat. That's the good thing. I keep myself in pretty good shape at all times."

FAMILIAR TUNE: If you miss a minute, you miss a lot.

Injuries are not a football player's best friend in training camp, and several players cut by the Bombers yesterday are gone today because of them.

Kicker Dan Giancola (groin), quarterback James Kilian (lats), defensive back Darrius Battles (foot), defensive lineman DeVon Hicks (knee) and offensive lineman Mike Morris (ankle) were among the released hopefuls who missed time or were hampered by their injuries.

Linebacker Johnny Baldwin was only eight months removed from major knee surgery. Giancola was trying to make a comeback at the age of 39, but never even passed his physical.

"We can't evaluate you if you're not on the field," head coach Mike Kelly said. "We just couldn't wait any longer."

Kilian was 3-for-3 for 13 yards in Wednesday's pre-season win over Hamilton, but the muscle pull in his torso hindered his performance.

"It was affecting his throwing," director of player personnel John Murphy said. "It may have been affecting some of the things he was able to do physically. That sort of led to some of what we saw the other night."

LATE HITS: Murphy said the plan is to re-sign their draft picks to 2010 contracts later this year. Morris, offensive lineman Adam Bestard and fullback Peter Quinney were released yesterday, while linebacker Thaine Carter suffered a dislocated shoulder last week that ended his camp early ... The release of Giancola means Alexis Serna is Winnipeg's placekicker and Mike Renaud is the punter. "Serna's done a very good job," Kelly said ... Brock Ralph, James Johnson and Pierre-Luc Labbe were among those who didn't practise yesterday due to injury ... The Montreal Alouettes released former Bomber defensive tackle Jerome Haywood yesterday.


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