Bombers to use 2 QBs

Bombers quarterback Michael Bishop will start against the Alouettes this weekend. (Sun Media/Brian...

Bombers quarterback Michael Bishop will start against the Alouettes this weekend. (Sun Media/Brian Donogh)

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:48 PM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are going to the two-quarterback system -- for this week, at least.

Head coach Mike Kelly announced Wednesday afternoon that Michael Bishop will start on Sunday in Montreal against the Alouettes, but third-stringer Casey Bramlet, who arrived only a week ago, will likely get playing time as well.

"Going into that atmosphere, that venue, I think we need somebody that has experience going in there," Kelly said of Bishop.

"But Casey got equal snaps today, and we'll get him out on the field and see what he can do."

Kelly isn't sure exactly how the two-QB system will work at Molson Stadium.

"There's obviously two ways to go," he said. "You put it within structure and you say 'OK, the third series or the fourth series or the start of the second quarter Casey goes in there.' Or we go by gut."

Of course, if Bishop gets rolling then there won't be a change. The only catch is Bishop has yet to get rolling in six starts. His record is 2-4, and he completed only nine of 21 attempts for 98 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's 55-10 Banjo Bowl loss.

The Barrin Simpson saga, meanwhile, is becoming quite a chess match.

"We actually called Barrin (Tuesday) night and asked him if he was interested in playing for us this weekend, and he declined," Kelly said. "So we just keep going along, and hopefully at some point we'll have some conclusion to this.

"... I don't fully understand his stance, but I appreciate that that's the decision that he's made."

CFL teams are allowed to take only one player off the nine-game injured list, so the Bombers were willing to use it on Simpson.

That was likely done in an attempt to end the legal battle that has begun over Simpson's placement on the list. The 31-year-old, who has filed a grievance and hired CFL agent Mark Maren to represent him, claimed he had to sign something and agree to going on the injured list.

The Bombers, meanwhile, believed Simpson only had to be informed about going on the disabled list.

The CFL is in the process of clarifying that ruling, since there were instances last season in which players on other teams declined spots on the nine-game.

Simpson would be in the power position if the CFL rules in his favour. The Bombers would either have to trade him or have his salary count against the cap.

If he goes on the nine-game, Simpson's salary for the rest of the season won't count against the cap.

The odd part is Simpson remains very much in the picture and watched practice on Wednesday.

"I got nothing," Simpson said when asked to be interviewed.

He said he feels comfortable being on the field with his teammates and that he was just waiting for a decision.

The Bombers also added defensive end Phillip Hunt to their practice roster today.


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