Road roster gives glimpse of future

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

The Bomber roster has been set for Sunday's final pre-season game in Hamilton, and there aren't many surprises.

A good chunk of veterans are staying home so the coaching staff can determine who will be snagging backup roster spots behind them.

The injured players, meanwhile, will secretly hope those they're competing against will play their way off the team.

Here is a closer look at the 20 players who, according to the depth chart, are not travelling to Hamilton, which category they fall into and our guess as to what it means.

NO WORRIES

DT Doug Brown, CB Jovon Johnson, RB Fred Reid, SB Brock Ralph, LB Ike Charlton, CB LaVar Glover, DE Odell Willis, DE Phillip Hunt, LB Joe Lobendahn. OUR TAKE: Meet nine of your 2010 starters who will get some rest. LaPolice said Friday defensive back Keyuo Craver is not going, but he is on the depth chart for Sunday's game.

INTERESTING ...

DT Don Oramasionwu, DB Clint Kent, OL John Hashem, LB Giancarlo Rapanaro. OUR TAKE: It's not often that a second-year player such as Oramasionwu is left at home for a pre-season game, but head coach Paul LaPolice said Friday he's seen enough and is impressed. Could he be a starter beside Doug Brown? Maybe. We're not sure what to make of Kent's exclusion, but our gut tells us he's sticking around. Hashem and Rapanaro are the only non-injured CFL rookies being left behind, which can't be good.

HURTIN'

DB Brandon Stewart (groin), S Nick Kordic (concussion), FB Daryl Stephenson (hamstring), OL Ryan Donnelly (knee), OL Glenn January (pectoral), WR David Ball (hamstring), WR Jabari Arthur (foot). OUR TAKE: Stephenson had a good game last weekend and Stewart has had a solid camp, but that doesn't guarantee anything. January is on the injured list for a while, and the rest should cross their fingers.

SHOW ME: The Bombers will be taking 54 players to Hamilton, and all they have to show LaPolice is they have an understanding of what's going on.

"Make good decisions ... and make plays when you have opportunities," LaPolice said.

Their performances in the game won't be the final factor in whether they stay or go, but it will play a significant role.

"A big indicator for the younger guys would be this game," LaPolice said.

LATE HITS: Quarterback Buck Pierce will start and play no more than a quarter on Sunday, Steven Jyles and Alex Brink will both get more than a quarter, and Adam DiMichele will mop up ... Kick returner Travis Shelton, who's been out of action since rookie camp with a hamstring pull, will finally hit the field on Sunday at Ivor Wynne Stadium ... Veterans who will play against the Ticats include receivers Terrence Edwards and Adarius Bowman, safety Ian Logan and the whole offensive line ... The Bombers stayed indoors on Friday, choosing meetings and a walk-through over hitting the practice field and getting drenched.


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