Shabazz will miss Als

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

One of Winnipeg's top defenders won't be in the lineup against one of the CFL's most potent offences.

Bomber weak-side linebacker Siddeeq Shabazz returned to practice on Wednesday after missing a week and a half with a bruised foot, but he didn't participate yesterday and won't be in the lineup tomorrow night.

The Bombers (2-4) host the Montreal Alouettes (5-1) at 7 p.m. at Canad Inns Stadium, and Joe Lobendahn will start in Shabazz's place for the second straight game.

Kick returner James Johnson (turf toe) will come off the roster and be replaced by cornerback Brandon Stewart, who will make his Bombers debut.

Winnipeg's other roster change will feature the return of Canadian linebacker Pierre-Luc Labbe, who was supposed to miss as many as four games with a knee strain but sat out only two.

Labbe will take the roster spot of offensive lineman Kelly Bates.

One other possible move is new receiver Michael Hyman for Aaron Hargreaves, depending on the status of the latter's tender groin.

ICEMAN READY: Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo, the CFL's reigning most outstanding player, continues to dominate.

He has thrown for a CFL-best 1,899 passing yards, and his 7-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio is the league's top mark.

"He's still the same. He's just more efficient," Bombers linebacker Ike Charlton said. "Last year was his first year in that offence, and they still were moving the ball up and down the field. It's made for him because of the type of quarterback he is. He don't want to get hit, and he wants to get the ball out quick.

"I don't know about the rest of the guys, but I'm anxious and I'm ready to play, and I hope they come at me because I'm going to get one of them.

"I didn't go to bed last night until 2 o'clock in the morning, just watching them and trying to learn their tendencies."

STEGALL SPEAKS: Bombers Hall of Famer Milt Stegall, in town yesterday for the premiere of his Legacy DVD in the Sun Centre, is saddened by his former team's dismal start.

"It's definitely disheartening," said Stegall, now a part-time TSN analyst. "I'll always want the Bombers to do well. Even though people are upset because I said some bad things about them (on TV), I'm just giving my opinion. I'm a Blue Bomber fan until the day I die.

"... I'm always cheering for the Bombers. I can't come out and say it openly when I'm on the air, but I'll always want the Bombers to win."

Turtle Man, by the way, heard a familiar voice in June when he was dealing with the fact that he was, in fact, retired after his illustrious 14-year career.

"The first day of training camp, of all people, Doug Berry called. He said, 'I just wanted to call you on the first day of training camp to see how you were doing and check on you.' That kind of put a stamp on it also."

LATE HITS: Wide receiver Arjei Franklin ran routes yesterday for the first time since suffering a severe ankle injury on July 10. Franklin is on the nine-game injured list, however, and won't be coming off anytime soon, Kelly said ... With James Johnson hobbled by turf toe, Jovon Johnson, Yvenson Bernard and Jonathan Hefney are all candidates to handle the return duties tomorrow night ... Bombers great Ken Ploen is the West Division nominee for the CFL's Most Outstanding Player of the Sixties contest. He will go up against Ottawa's Russ Jackson in the online voting, which starts today at cfl.ca.


Videos

Photos