Bombers returner runs to rival Roughriders

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

REGINA -- How ironic.

The Blue Bombers pursued ex-NFLer Adam (Pacman) Jones because they had no kick return threat. They went after a player no team in the NFL wanted because they could not find a good enough replacement for Jason Armstead.

And all along, they could have had Jason Armstead. Winnipeg released the kick returner/receiver on the eve of training camp partly because he had been charged in a well-chronicled domestic dispute in the U.S. last winter and did not think they could get him back across the border.

But the Saskatchewan Roughriders signed Armstead last week and got him across the border because of the leg work started by Brendan Taman while he was still the Bombers GM. But that meant Armstead, whose charges have been reduced, had to fly to Winnipeg to sign immigration papers before returning to Regina, where he had played previously.

Armstead will return both kickoffs and punts against the Pacman-less Bombers in today's Labour Day Classic.


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