Lumsden could be wearing Blue and Gold soon

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:38 PM ET

It could take a few more calls but Jesse Lumsden may soon be wearing Blue and Gold.

The Blue Bombers finally connected with the Canadian running back Wednesday, which could start the process of the former first-round draft pick playing for Winnipeg this season.

Lumsden has not played since suffering a season-ending shoulder injury while playing for the Edmonton Eskimos early last year, and failed to pass his medical this past May.

“I explained things from the team perspective, what’s needed to make things work and he’s got some things he needs to work through from his end,” Bombers assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson said Wednesday.

But the Bombers have not offered Lumsden a contract yet.

“It’s not that simple,” Hodgkinson said. “The injury history with his shoulder, that has to be resolved. Is he in shape to play football? That has to be resolved. Whether or not we can come to a contractual agreement, that has to be resolved … (But) there’s no question he wants to play football.”

There was also some talk that the desperate Eskimos, who lost tailback Arkee Whitlock to an ankle injury last weekend, could also be interested in Lumsden.

“We’re not gong to get into a bidding situation,” Hodgkinson said.

Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice would welcome Lumsden here.

“He is a first-round draft pick who has the talent to be a starter in this league,” he said.

NEW BLOOD: The Bombers added running back/kick returner Chris Garrett to their practice roster Wednesday.

“I just want to continue my dream of just playing football,” the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Ohio University product said. “I was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie camp back in April and I graduated in June and now, I’m here.”

Garrett, 23, was both a standout kick returner and dominant running back as well as a slotback in college.

“I feel like the field, it’s a lot bigger than the NFL,” Garrett said. “It’s going to be more accustomed to my game, which allows me to use my speed and quickness and stuff. I’ll play anywhere the coach wants to put me at, I just want to go out and play and help the team win.”

The New York native is faster than a New York minute as he has been clocked at 4.25 in the 40.

The Bombers will be looking at Garrett to shore up their pathetic kickoff return game.

NO. 2: With Buck Pierce out for an extended period, Alex Brink moves up to No. 2 QB.

“It’s obviously under extremely unfortunate circumstances,” Brink said. “I feel bad for Buck and the situation he’s in. At the same time, I’m excited to step in to that role.

“I feel like I’ve come a long ways, yet there’s still a ways to go. It’s a learning process, especially at the quarterback position. But certainly, my comfort level from the first day of camp to now is a lot better. I feel comfortable with the receivers, the offence itself.”

HASHMARKS: Non-import Luke Fritz returned from injury to work out at tackle with the No. 1 offence Wednesday … Import OL Andre Douglas also returned from injury, but was playing tackle with the No. 2 offence … Canadian OL Ryan Donnelly should be coming off the nine-game injury list this week … The Bombers have sold out the seventh annual Banjo Bowl to be played against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Canad Inns Stadium on Sunday … The Bombers will hold a ‘Family Day’ at the stadium on Saturday where they can watch the team’s 10:15 a.m. walk-through and stay for the President’s BBQ and team autograph session.

TOP PLAYERS: Former Bomber QB Kevin Glenn has been named the CFL’s top offensive player of the week after leading Hamilton to a 28-13 win over Toronto. Teammates Dave Stala and Markeith Knowlton were named the top Canadian and special teams players, respectively. Calgary DB Brandon Smith was named top defensive player.


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