Difference of opinion

KEN WIEBE, WQMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 PM ET

Terence Jeffers-Harris is having such a great start to his CFL career that he just can’t stand the thought of having to sit on the sidelines because of an injury.

When told he was expected to miss a week or two because of a high ankle sprain, Jeffers-Harris (who was wearing a walking boot) was quick to dispute the theory.

“It’s not high at all, it’s actually low and it’s actually not even bothering me that much,” said Jeffers-Harris, an early candidate for CFL rookie of the year after coming up with 21 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns in his first five games as a pro. “Any kind of injury that slows you down, even a little bit is not a good thing.

“I don’t have a set timetable (for a return). This weekend would be great for me. I’m a competitor and an injury to me is something that makes me step up in the game. I think I’ll play this weekend, but it’s the doctor’s opinion and you don’t want to make it worse.”

When informed of Jeffers-Harris’ own diagnosis, LaPolice had a smile on his face but wasn’t as encouraged by those prospects.

“I think he’ll probably be out for a week or two,” said LaPolice. “It’s good. I’ll have to get him in more meetings then. With how sore the ankle is, he’ll probably be out this week.”

If Jeffers-Harris is unable to go, look for Chris Davis (a former Ticat) or Jamayel Smith to get the starting nod instead.

THE HURTS: Aside from the long list of players on the sidelines, three other Blue Bombers weren’t in pads for practice on Tuesday: receiver Terrence Edwards, middle linebacker Joe Lobendahn and defensive tackle Moton Hopkins.

LaPolice said all three would “be fine” and should suit up against the Tiger-Cats on Saturday at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Defensive tackle Dorian Smith was back in action and working with the first team defence on Tuesday.

LaPolice was asked about his policy on whether players who are injured immediately get their starting jobs back when they return to full health?

“It’s a situational thing, I don’t have a steadfast rule,” said LaPolice.

As the week progresses, it should be interesting to see whether Smith or Hopkins gets the call at defensive tackle.

Speaking of players returning, punter Mike Renaud was back on the field and will be in uniform this weekend after sitting out last week with a sore knee.

LaPolice praised the work of Alexis Serna as a fill-in, but is excited about bringing Renaud back into the fold.

“Right now, he’s the best punter in the CFL,” said LaPolice. “Mike is itching to go.”

NEW BLOOD: With all of the injuries the Blue Bombers have sustained, the team took a step to replenishing their non-import pool on Tuesday as they added receiver Dave McKoy and safety James Green to the practice roster.

McKoy was drafted in the second round (ninth overall) of the 2007 CFL draft by the Roughriders and played nine games for them that season before he suffered a serious knee injury.

A former first team CIS All-Canadian receiver for the University of Guelph Gryphons, McKoy spent all of 2008 and 2009 on injured reserve but the 27-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., played in two playoff games for the Riders last season.

Green, who played for the University of Calgary Dinos, spent last season with the Toronto Argonauts and appeared in 18 games, playing primarily on special teams, where he had 19 tackles and a blocked punt.

Green, 27, was cut by the Argos after training camp in 2010 and spent some time with the Eskimos before he was released.

THE AWARDS: The Gibson’s Finest CFL Players of the Week for Week 5 include Ticats receiver Arland Bruce III, who tied a CFL record for receptions with 16 and racked up 272 yards receiving in Saturday’s loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Speaking of the Riders, kicker Luca Congi (special teams) and receiver Andy Fantuz (top Canadian) were also saluted, as was Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Chris Thompson.

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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