The Winnipeg defence should be bolstered by a pair of returnees this weekend.
Veteran safety Ian Logan has finally recovered from a hamstring pull and rookie import linebacker Marcellus Bowman is ready to return after suffering a hand injury in Game 4.
"It has been frustrating, being sidelined for the first time in my four years," Logan said Tuesday. "It's been painstaking going through the motions and watching the guys run around from the sidelines, and there's no better games to play than the Banjo Bowl, or the Labour Day Classic."
The Blue Bombers will face the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the annual Labour Day Classic in Regina on Sunday, then return home to host the Roughies in the annual Banjo Bowl the following Sunday.
"It's difficult with a hamstring injury because it feels good, it feels good, then, in the game against Calgary, it was just a slight tweak and I'm out for three weeks," Logan lamented.
"Ian's a good football player and hopefully, he'll get on and make some plays from the safety position," said Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice.
Bowman had suffered a hand injury and needed surgery to place two screws in the hand to repair it.
"It's definitely been frustration," said the 6-foot-3, 231-pound weak-side linebacker. "Whether you're winning or losing, you'd like to be out there contributing."
LaPolice expects Bowman be an impact player.
"Marcellus Bowman has the ability to strike people and run and hit," he said. "But he's only played three football games so, I told him he has to make sure he knows what he's doing and to get mental reps."
LABATTE EXPERIMENT: The Bombers experimented with moving left guard Brendon LaBatte to left tackle at Tuesday's workout.
"Brendon's an athlete and I think he's one of the best guards in the league so, it's easy for some of those types of players to make that transition outside and he was pretty excited about it," LaPolice said. "He said, 'Coach, I'm fine, I'll be great out there.' So, he enjoys the change."
NEW BLOOD: The experiment came the same day that the Bombers brought in a new import offensive tackle, Marlo Winn, as well as an import defensive tackle, Jeremy Maddox.
Winn is a 6-foot-6, 325-pound Texas Tech product, who started at both right and left tackle. Winn, 24, was not plucked in the 2010 NFL draft but signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent. He was released in June.
"I'm super excited," said Winn, who was hauling furniture when the Bombers called. "I want to play football for a living and I want to pursue it any way possible and I got my opportunity in Winnipeg."
LaPolice said the Bombers needed an American O-lineman on the practice roster because they had been employing two import tackles. One of those, Andre Douglas, is still injured.
Maddox is a 6-foot-1, 263-pound Alabama A&M product, who was a finalist for the Buchanan Award in his senior season, Maddox, 22, recorded 41 defensive tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 12 quarterback sacks and forced two fumbles in his last year. Maddox is currently second in school career sacks and tackles for losses behind current Indianapolis Colts star Robert Mathis.
Maddox can also play defensive end so he could spell off the two Bomber starters, LaPolice said.
The Bombers were also expected to bring in an import wide receiver but didn't, sparking rumours of a trade with the B.C. Lions.
TOP PLAYERS: Calgary WR Ken-Yon Rambo (offensive) and RB Jon Cornish (Canadian), Saskatchewan S James Patrick (defensive) and Edmonton P/K Noel Prefontaine (special teams) were all unanimous selections as CFL Players of the Week.