Injured Bombers preparing to return

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:03 AM ET

Ian Logan is not about to be labelled as injury-prone.

Although the Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting safety has dealt with a couple of injuries dating back to training camp this season when he had to sit out with a muscle strain in his neck, Logan is back from a hamstring issue and proclaimed himself to be good to go.

“I’m good. I practised 100% and there were no problems at all,” said Logan, who should be back in the starting lineup to face the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday night at McMahon Stadium. “It’s been frustrating missing most of training camp and then early in the season, a couple weeks. It’s part of the game, injuries are going to happen. I’ve been very fortunate over my career to have not been hurt too often. I only missed two games last year and I didn’t miss any the year before that. This is a bit of an anomaly I feel, but it’s nothing I can’t overcome.”

Defensive back Alex Suber also seems poised to return to the lineup after dealing with a hamstring problem, though it’s still unclear whether he’ll be able to reclaim his starting spot immediately.

“I’m going to work hard and the coaches are going to put the players who are going to make the plays and play the best,” said Suber, who sustained the injury in the second quarter of the season opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. “You want to be out there and prove to your teammates, the coaches and the fans that you can be part of it.”

Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice will have a difficult choice to make in terms of his starting lineup, but that’s a nice problem to have at this stage of the game.

“It’s a good thing we’ve had a couple guys get opportunities to play,” said LaPolice. “We’ve had a lot of injuries to start the season and that’s part of the game and that’s part of what our players have to understand. You have to make plays. It doesn’t matter what string you are. If you’re here, you’re probably going to play sooner or later. The guys who have played have done a pretty good job of that.”

WALKING WOUNDED: While it’s good news the Blue Bombers are getting several starters back this week, there was still a long list of walking wounded who missed or weren’t in pads for Tuesday’s workout.

Among them were defensive tackles Moton Hopkins (general soreness) and Dorian Smith (knee), linebacker Marcellus Bowman (hand), punter Mike Renaud (knee), linebacker Shawn Gallant (knees) and quarterback Buck Pierce (knee).

As is the case with all injuries, all of the players will be re-evaluated on a daily basis.

The most serious injury is believed to be to Gallant, as the special-teams demon is expected to be put on the nine-game injured list.

WILLIS AWAY: There were plenty of fans wondering where defensive end Odell Willis was on Tuesday and we can report that he was away tending to a personal matter.

Willis flew back on Sunday and LaPolice is hopeful he’ll be back in time to play against the Stampeders, but the timetable isn’t clear yet.

“We expect he’ll be back but I wouldn’t want to guarantee it,” said LaPolice.

THE AWARD: Blue Bombers special teams ace Jovon Johnson was the recipient of the Gibson’s Finest CFL Special Teams Player of the Week honours for Week 4 after finding the end zone on an 83-yard punt return in Saturday’s 47-21 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos.

“It’s always good to score a touchdown, but you have to give credit to the other 11 guys out there that made it happen,” said Johnson. “I’m just proud it was me that got the award this week.”

Johnson won the special teams award three times last season.

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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