Just when it couldn't get much worse for Winnipeg's offence, it gets worse.
Head coach Mike Kelly revealed yesterday that No. 1 receiver Terrence Edwards suffered a case of turf toe during Saturday's loss to Montreal and is day-to-day.
"It's pretty aggravated right now," Kelly said.
The Bombers were already looking for new receivers to bring in, but losing Edwards would set the CFL's worst offence back even more. Kelly admitted that Edwards is Winnipeg's only real threat in the receiving corps these days.
"(Turf toe injuries) are something else, so we're just going to have to see where he is as the week progresses," Kelly said. "Other players need to step up. That's just the bottom line."
There is bad news on the defensive front, too, as outside linebacker Siddeeq Shabazz will miss his third straight game with a bruised foot. Kelly said the injury is not improving as quickly as it should, so he will sit this week and use the bye week to get healthy.
Safety Ian Logan suffered a groin injury and will be evaluated further today.
Outside linebacker Ike Charlton missed most of the second half after suffering a cramp along his side between his knees and his chest, but he is fine and is expected to be in the lineup on Friday against the B.C. Lions.
STICKING TOGETHER: The players are putting up a brave front despite the team's dismal 2-5 start. Despite rumblings of locker-room disharmony, players and coaches are backing one another.
"We still believe in here," centre Obby Khan said. "We still believe in each other. We play for one another. We're a band of brothers and we'll stick together."
"I think everybody is still one," right tackle Glenn January added. "If they're not one, then they'll get in line. This is a team, and we're going to be a team until it changes."
Kelly is being patient with his players, many of whom he brought to Winnipeg himself. He also believes everyone is buying in to what the coaching staff is trying to accomplish.
"I don't think I've lost the locker-room, and I don't think it's a situation where I have to go and start yelling and screaming either," Kelly said. "I don't want to do that. I want to continue to teach. We had no big yelling and screaming match afterwards (on Saturday).
"... I'm not going to turn this thing upside down. We're too close on too many fronts."
LATE HITS: The Bombers are practising at Rods Field again this week, since AC/DC is set to perform at Canad Inns Stadium this weekend ... Kelly said wide receiver Arjei Franklin will practise this week, but there are no plans to take him off the nine-game injured list yet, despite the team's receiving woes ... The last word goes to Kelly: "This is a big week for us. Three and five wouldn't scare me as much as 2-6. I do think that there's a good football team here. We just have to continue to work to bring it out."