Arthur ready for his Blue debut

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:41 PM ET

Ever since rookie camp, Jabari Arthur has been moving around pretty good on a foot repaired by surgery last year.

The non-import pass catcher, who was acquired in a multi-player deal with Calgary last season, will suit up for the Blue Bombers for the first time Sunday when they take on Montreal’s reigning Grey Cup champs in a CFL pre-season game at Canad Inns Stadium at 1 p.m.

“I am extremely excited to play,” the 6-foot-4, 219-pound Montreal native said on the eve of his Blue debut. “It’s going to be almost a year since I had the opportunity to put on a jersey, so I’m going to come back here and try to get back to where I was and at the level I know I can play at.”

Arthur, 27, doesn’t fear re-injuring his foot because doctors cleared him in March but admitted there’s been a whirlwind of change since he first suffered what turned out to be a season-ending injury in Calgary.

“I got hurt, got traded, the team here changed coaches,” he said. “A number of things got changed but the game of football doesn’t change. It’s still blocking and tackling and making plays. Hopefully, it hasn’t changed that much for me and I’ll go out there and make some plays.”

LAPO’S DEBUT: Paul (LaPo) LaPolice will make his pro debut as Bomber head mentor Sunday.

“It’s an exciting time,” LaPolice began just as veteran defensive lineman Doug Brown walked by.

“He’s nervous,” Brown interjected, and LaPolice laughed.

“There will be nerves, I think, but just being around good players and coaches really settles me a lot,” LaPolice said. “It will be neat just to see all the pieces working … I’ll be a little nervous before the game but then, I always have and will be.”

But he is not worried about making the quick decisions on whether to gamble or to toss the challenge flag on the fly.

FIRST TASTE: Import DB Jason Tate will get his first taste of Canadian football Sunday.

“This bigger field, there’s a lot of running, especially at my half, so I guess I can look forward to that (Sunday),” he said. “I’m going to try to go out here and prove myself, try to prove that I deserve to be part of this team and actually earn my way on here.

“I’m going to go out there (Sunday) and give a fanatical effort and a good work ethic and try to make plays.”

HASHMARKS: Because of the Buddy Package where every season ticket purchaser gets an extra, free ticket to the pre-season game, the Bombers are expecting about 28,500 in attendance Sunday. They have sold just over 18,000 season tickets, up slightly from last year … Two more players — LB Ike Charlton and FB Andre Sadeghian — were sent home because they were suffering from the flu Saturday.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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