Bruised foot sidelines Shabazz

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Siddeeq Shabazz was wearing a boot and watching practice yesterday, but he's expected to play on Saturday against the Calgary Stampeders.

The Bomber linebacker suffered a bruised foot in Saturday's 13-12 win over the Argos.

"He's fine," head coach Mike Kelly said. "That was a hard-fought game. All we're doing it just resting him up a little bit. No big deal."

Shabazz leads the Bombers with four interceptions.

Other players who watched practice were safety Shawn Gallant (undisclosed) and receiver Craphonso Thorpe (hamstring). Gallant should play Saturday, while Thorpe is expected to sit.

Day-to-day

Linebacker Joe Lobendahn, who missed the last four games with a shoulder injury, worked out and is day-to-day. Kelly would not be concerned about possibly disrupting his smooth-running defence by inserting Lobendahn.

"He's an impact-type player," Kelly said. "He can play so many spots for us. That also allows Riall Johnson to play some other spots, and we have some flexibility there."

Wide receiver Adarius Bowman, who missed the last two contests with a hip flexor injury, also practised yesterday and will replace Thorpe this week.

BUTTON IT, MILT: Bomber Hall of Famer and TSN football panelist Milt Stegall suggested on Saturday that Michael Bishop is not the long-term fix at quarterback for the Bombers.

Kelly, in a playful manner, defended his new No. 1 pivot yesterday when asked about Stegall's comments.

"Milt, Milt, Milt," Kelly said. "He gets on the other side of the microphone and look at him now. Milt needs to powder his nose and go do what he's supposed to do in front of the camera, and we'll make the other decisions."

NEW FACE: The Bombers added defensive tackle Michael Landry to their practice roster yesterday.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Baton Rouge, La., native was most recently a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats practice roster.

The 30-year-old spent the past seven years in the NFL, NFL Europe, Arena Football League and Indoor Football League.

AND WE QUOTE: "I think I saw Andy Reid doing this once."

-- Kelly, using a dolly to remove doggy doo-doo from Rods Field prior to yesterday's practice.

LATE HITS: Despite losing 42-30 to Winnipeg on July 10, the Stampeders are 141/2-point favourites this week. The Blue and Gold haven't won in Calgary since 2002 ... Yesterday must have been get-a-former-Bomber day. Hamilton signed defensive tackle Montez Murphy, Saskatchewan added defensive tackle Josh Miller, and the Stampeders inked defensive back John Eubanks, who was in Winnipeg's camp this year ... Bombers defensive end Gavin Walls was a runner-up for CFL defensive player of the week ... The Bombers have 13 interceptions, which puts them on pace for 47. The CFL record is 48, set by Less Browne and the 1990 Bomber defence.


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