Simpson saga sticky

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

The Barrin Simpson saga might have some legs.

The Bombers middle linebacker, who has asked to be traded, was placed on the team's nine-game injured list on Sunday because of his turf toe problem.

How that process went down, however, looks like it could become an issue.

CFL players or their union rep are technically supposed to sign a document before they are released or go on the injured list, but it is not required for the transaction to be completed.

"I didn't sign anything and I didn't agree to anything," Simpson told the Canadian Press.

According to a CFL source, Simpson officially went on the nine-game injured list before Sunday's 55-10 loss to Saskatchewan.

Simpson said the Bombers informed him early Sunday that they wanted to put him on the injured list, but he didn't learn he was actually on it until a reporter called him seeking his reaction later in the day.

Simpson wouldn't provide further comment on how the process took place, saying, "It will eventually be talked about, but right now I'm not talking about it."

The 31-year-old, whose name was booed when he was announced as a scratch on Sunday, said he will continue to be at Winnipeg's practices.

The Bombers could still trade Simpson, who is upset about playing time, and the teams would divide up his salary accordingly if he comes off the injured list.

Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly isn't overly concerned about how Simpson feels about the transaction.

"It doesn't matter how he takes it," he said. "It's the smart and right thing to do. It's doesn't close off any options for Barrin. We can still trade Barrin off of there, Barrin can heal up, and then we can say, 'Barrin, you ready to play? Let's go play.'

"And then that's his decision to make because he will play under our parameters and what we ask him to do."

NO CASEY: Kelly was asked yesterday about a local radio station's report that quarterback Casey Printers, the 2004 CFL most outstanding player, was on his way to Winnipeg.

"I guess their bong was clean, I don't know," Kelly quipped.

He then got serious, raising his voice in anger.

"We had Casey down in Florida (at a free agent camp in April)," he said. "Everybody keeps bringing it up. Look in my eyes, folks. Casey Printers is not coming to Winnipeg, OK? There we go."

EVERYTHING'S COOL: Kelly isn't worried about "losing the locker-room," as they say, during these trying times.

"It doesn't feel like a lost ship in there," he said. "People make presumptions about what's happening in our locker-room that aren't in our locker-room. They think they know what's going on, and they don't."

LATE HITS: Wide receiver Brock Ralph suffered a bruised hip on Sunday, but he should be ready to go on Sunday in Montreal ... Expect to see new receiver Dudley Guice Jr. suit up for the Bombers against the Als ... Winnipeg returns to the practice field tomorrow.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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