Logan’s running for Bombers

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:46 PM ET

Ian Logan was back at his starting safety position on Wednesday, much to the delight of the Bomber coaching staff.

Logan failed his pre-camp physical on June 5 when it was determined he had a muscle strain in his neck. He suffered the injury while lifting weights two weeks before camp began, and the team brass didn’t want him to aggravate it.

So the Wilfrid Laurier product spent the first 10 days of camp watching from the sidelines. He was cleared to practise on Wednesday and almost had an interception on the first play of the day.

“He brings a veteran presence and an understanding of just how people try to attack defences in the league,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “He understands when two people are running unders that somebody’s running an over.

“It’s great to have that type of player.”

STEELTOWN LINEUP: LaPolice hopes to take at least 55 players to Hamilton this weekend for Winnipeg’s second and final pre-season game against the Tiger-Cats.

The Bombers have 74 players in camp, but 13 missed all or part of practice on Wednesday. LaPolice identified four of them who won’t play on Sunday: receivers Jabari Arthur (undisclosed) and David Ball (hamstring), fullback Daryl Stephenson (hamstring) and offensive lineman Ryan Donnelly (knee).

The coach said he may leave some vets behind in Winnipeg this weekend.

“We want to evaluate people,” LaPolice said. “That’s what we’re still trying to do. This gives us an opportunity to evaluate people and rest people we already know about.”

He added the coaching staff may cut a few players loose before the team leaves for southern Ontario on Saturday morning.

“If we feel there’s some people that we just don’t think will have an opportunity to play for us, we may make some changes,” he said.

LaPolice said all four of his quarterbacks will travel to Hamilton, and he hopes to keep all four in town even after next Thursday’s final cuts.

FIGHT!: The first official camp scrap took place on Wednesday, and it featured a pair of lightweights — relatively speaking, of course.

Receiver Terrence Edwards, weighing in at 180 pounds, and defensive back Jason Tate, who tips the scales at 182, duked it out for a few seconds.

Edwards was initially bothered by something Tate did as he ran a route, and he let him know about it verbally. Tate must have done the same thing two plays later, because after Edwards caught the pass he got up and fired the ball at Tate.

It was at that point that the gloves came off. They both got a couple of shots in before being separated.

GOOD SIGN: Normally when a player gets hurt in rookie camp and then misses the first 10 days of main camp, the only decision to be made by the coaching staff is which flight home to put him on.

Travis Shelton obviously isn’t your average rookie, because he’s still here and getting closer to a return.

Shelton, who was a standout kick returner at Temple University, fielded punts during Wednesday’s practice but didn’t run them back, even though he was wearing a helmet and pads.

The Bombers want to see if Devin Hester’s cousin is the real deal, and they have their fingers crossed that Shelton will be healthy enough to play on Sunday in Hamilton.

Others who missed all or part of Wednesday’s practices were cornerback Jovon Johnson (knee), receiver Kenny Strickland (flu), defensive end Odell Willis (undisclosed), safety Nick Kordic (concussion), offensive lineman Glenn January (pectoral), linebackers Marty Bowman (flu) and Courtney Smith (flu), and defensive back Brandon Stewart (undisclosed).

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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