Edwards, Shabazz likely to play

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Just when things were starting to look even bleaker, the Blue Bombers believe they will have some good news on the injury front this week.

Both slotback Terrence Edwards (turf toe) and linebacker Siddeeq Shabazz (ankle) will likely be available when the Bombers play the Lions in B.C. this Friday, Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly said yesterday.

"I would say probable right now," said Kelly, who had originally planned to give Shabazz the next two weeks to recuperate. "He's increasingly getting better. That would certainly be a help for us."

Although Edwards sat out practice with a boot on his left foot, Kelly expects him to play.

"I think Terrence is going to be fine," said Kelly, adding that Edwards has been dealing with such an injury since his senior year in college. "He knows how to handle it."

LOGAN OUT: On the other hand, safety Ian Logan (groin), defensive back James Johnson (turf toe) and defensive tackle Dorian Smith (undisclosed) will all miss Friday's match.

Although safety Shawn Gallant had to return home due to "a family matter," Kelly expects him to meet the team in B.C., where he will platoon with Brady Browne.

LEFORS IN?: Kelly, by the way, hopes to get QB Stefan LeFors back in action soon, possibly sometime during Friday's game.

"I would like to get him some snaps again, get him back on the field and let him get his feet back under him a little bit," Kelly said. "I don't want to do it at home. I want to do it on the road. I want him to be relaxed and get his feet back under him.

"We may go four or five series with Michael (Bishop), then put Stef out there in the middle of the second quarter just to see."

WORK SHARE: Instead of bringing in another body to help him out, Kelly has handed off some of his responsibilities to assistant coach Manny Matsakis.

"I've allowed him a little more leeway in handling some meeting situations," Kelly said. "Since he's been here, he's had great insight ... He brings a very bright mind when it comes to throwing the football ... and we think very much alike.

"I haven't given my whole plate away yet, but a couple of peas and carrots over here and some potatoes over there, but I've still got the main entree."

TRASH TALK: Although he was held to 49 yards on 10 carries versus Montreal, Bomber RB Fred Reid remains the CFL rushing leader.

"I probably got them fired up before the game talking about the linebackers over there," said Reid, who had said the Montreal linebacker were just "OK."

"But everybody knows we've got to come out and match their intensity."

And yes, he heard a lot of trash talking after tackles.

"Oh yeah, they were definitely doing that a little bit but I was trash talking right back," he said.

SAVOIE GONE: Roger Savoie, a great Bomber lineman from the Glory Years, reportedly lost his battle to cancer at Riverview yesterday. Our condolences to his family.


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