Vets make surprise appearance

JIM BENDER and PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:56 AM ET

A couple of surprise veterans appeared on the field at Winnipeg's rookie camp Wednesday.

Both centre Obby Khan and receiver Jabari Arthur took part. In Khan's case, he was only there to practise his shotgun snaps with the quarterbacks.

"He actually came to us and said, 'Coach, I'd love to work on snaps,' " explained Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice. "So, we just let him snap. We didn't let him go down with the other linemen (doing drills) or anything."

Because former head coach Mike Kelly felt that the shotgun snap was for flag football, it was suggested that Khan did not get a lot of work on those hikes last season.

"No comment," responded a laughing LaPolice.

Arthur, by the way, is trying to get back into rhythm after undergoing foot surgery last year.

"Any guy coming off a major injury is allowed to go to rookie camp so it allows him to get some extra reps," LaPolice said. "Jabari hasn't played a lot of football so it's great to see him out there."

YOUNG GUN: Winnipeg Rifles receiver Yembeh Moiba, 19, was still smiling after his first practice with the pros, albeit rookie pros.

"It was fun," said the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder. "My goal was to learn a lot ... That's the goal -- to come out each day and improve on what you did the last day so yeah, I hope to come out (Thursday) and do better than what I did (Tuesday).

"It's very exciting. I couldn't believe I'm here but my coach called me and the coach here (LaPolice) called me and I thought, 'Why not?' You learn from the pros, right?"

MISSED ONE?: Just before practice, the Bombers confirmed the signing of five rookies, including 2010 draft picks Chris Greaves, a defensive lineman, and receiver Cory Watson. Although he participated in practice, the Bombers did not announce the signing of draftee Chris Smith, a linebacker, for some strange reason.

The other players confirmed were defensive back Jason Tate and linebacker Marcellus Bowman, both imports, and non-import running back Guillaume Senecal.

DRAFT PICK SIDELINED: Running back Anthony Woodson, the Bombers' fourth-round draft pick, won't be carrying the ball anytime soon.

Woodson, the injury plagued, University of Calgary product, watched practice in a boot protecting his broken foot, which still hasn't healed after surgery earlier this year.

"It's pretty frustrating," Woodson, 22, said. "I've had a little stint of injuries. But I'm really looking forward to finally being healthy and hopefully get an opportunity here."

That won't come this year.

"We don't want him to come to camp and then we ruin him for his last year in Calgary," head coach Paul LaPolice said. "He's going to learn our entire system... we want to educate him about being a pro football player. Because we really felt he's got talent. We want to start developing it now, send him back and then we get him in a year."

TAKING NOTE: Edmonton released ex-Bomber DB Anthony Malbrough after the import asked to renegotiate his contract ... Bombers rookie camp continues on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.


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