The Bombers made their last official off-season roster moves on Saturday, getting down to the maximum of 68 players CFL teams are allowed to carry during training camp.
The Blue and Gold cut five players, signed one, placed one on the disabled list and parked another on the suspended list.
Safety Ian Logan was put on the disabled list when doctors decided they needed to do more testing following his physical on Saturday morning at Canad Inns Polo Park.
“There’s a medical situation that we want to further evaluate, and because we have a limited amount of time it’s not going to happen today,” Bombers assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson said Saturday. “The best place for him is he goes on the disabled list until everybody’s happy with his health.”
The team wouldn’t disclose what the problem is, but Hodgkinson said they believe it won’t be a long-term situation. Players go on the disabled list when they have non-football injuries.
Logan is all but guaranteed to be one of Winnipeg’s seven required Canadian starters this season, so his absence would cause a problem.
Meanwhile, the Blue and Gold officially put quarterback Stefan LeFors on the suspended list. LeFors, who was last year’s opening day starter, did not report to camp and is planning to retire to pursue a new line of work.
“We knew he was going to go on with his life,” head coach Paul LaPolice said.
The Bombers signed former Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Andre Sadeghian on Saturday while releasing five others: defensive lineman Justin Shaw, running back Guillaume Senecal, linebacker Henti Baird, receiver Chris Ioannides and offensive lineman Darren Hinds.
All but Shaw were CFL rookies. Shaw, a former University of Manitoba Bison, appeared in four games for the Bombers in 2009 and made one special teams tackle.
PLAYING IT SAFE: Bomber running back Fred Reid has never been afraid to make bold predictions and say whatever is on his mind.
Prior to last season Reid spoke about shooting for 2,000 rushing yards but ended up more than 600 shy of that goal. He doesn’t plan on doing much fortune telling this season.
“No predictions this year,” Reid said. “I just want to come out and win, and get a Grey Cup and get rings for all the guys.”
BIG ON BUCK: Cornerback/kick returner Jovon Johnson was excited to see the Bombers sign free agent quarterback Buck Pierce in the off-season.
“I like Buck. I played against him, and I know what he’s about,” Johnson said. “He’s definitely going to be a leader. As long as he stays healthy, I think we can be successful with him as our quarterback.”
AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Calgary Stampeders cut Bisons running back Matt Henry on Saturday. Henry injured his calf on Thursday … Former Bomber defensive back Chijioke Onyenegecha has signed with the Eskimos … Ex-Winnipeg offensive lineman Matt Sheridan, now with the Stamps, is closer to getting back in the league after Calgary O-lineman Jesse Newman, 27, abruptly retired on Friday. Sheridan reportedly weighed in at 383 pounds during his pre-camp physical on Saturday.