Kean has immediate edge in Bomber kick-off

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:15 AM ET

The one thing Warren Kean has going for him in the Bomber kicking competition this week is experience.

The Dundas, Ont., native was the second overall pick in the 2007 CFL draft, taken by the Edmonton Eskimos, and he is the only of the three candidates who has placekicked in a CFL regular-season game. That was Edmonton’s regular-season finale in 2007, when he was 3-for-4.

He also got a tryout with the Calgary Stampeders this year, but he missed 48- and 45-yard field goals during a pre-season game and ultimately lost out to first-round draft pick Rob Maver.

Kean has spent the past two years selling advertising for Rogers Broadcasting in Calgary, but he jumps at every kicking chance he gets.

“As long as I can swing my leg I’m going to pursue it,” Kean said. “Opportunities like this don’t come along every day, so you gotta pack your bags.”

The 26-year-old believes he has grown since his last Winnipeg experience, when he failed to overthrow Alexis Serna and get into a game for the Blue and Gold.

“There’s plenty of athletes out there that can kick a football,” Kean said. “It’s a piece of leather and rubber that goes between two pieces of metal. The dynamics of it are easy.

“I’m two years older, and I’ve been through a lot since.”

INJURY WATCH: Kick returner Markus Howell returned to the practice field on Sunday after missing two weeks with a hamstring pull, but he was the only one.

Safety Ian Logan (hamstring), receiver Terence Jeffers-Harris (ankle), linebacker Marcellus Bowman (hand) and left tackle Andrew Douglas (knee) are still out and won’t play Thursday.

Left guard Brendon LaBatte also didn’t practise due to general soreness, but he’ll be ready for Thursday.

LATE HITS: Head coach Paul LaPolice said the Bomber secondary will remain the same this week … The Bombers have 10 sacks in their last six games after getting seven in the season-opener … It was so windy on Sunday that offensive line coach Pat DelMonaco’s binder full of practice papers opened up, sending sheets all over the field. One even landed in the upper deck … LaPolice’s response when it was noted that the Alouettes would likely be peeved after losing to the Argos on Saturday: “That’s fine. Bring ’em on.”

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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