Jyles 'can't argue' with decision

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

Steven Jyles was obviously upset, but resigned to his fate.

The Winnipeg quarterback will be replaced by rookie Alex Brink in a game with huge playoff implications Monday.

"When I first heard it, yes it did (surprise me)," Jyles said Wednesday. "But, can I argue with it? No, I can't. It's part of the business and you just move on ... It's not my decision.

"I can go in and argue that I want to play, but the coach made a decision that he wants to see Alex play. I can just sit back and watch him play and help him out as much as I can."

When Jyles was first signed by Winnipeg, he was supposed to compete for the starting job, but Buck Pierce won that spot in training camp. Jyles became the starter when Pierce suffered what looks like a season-ending injury. So now, you wonder about his future as a Blue Bomber.

"I just told Steven, we evaluated every game and I feel, if we win one or two games with him as a starter, we don't make this change," said Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice. "I told him I don't know if it's permanent, but hang tight and be a great pro and handle yourself in the right way, and I'm sure he will ...

"I don't want to put finality on anything but, at this juncture, this is what we're trying to do. We brought Steven here because we believe in him, and we do believe in him, but right now, we haven't won a lot of football games, so we made the change. It doesn't mean he isn't in our plans long-term. Those decisions aren't made now, they're made down the road. We're just worried about beating B.C. this week."

Jyles, 28, has seen this picture before.

"My rookie year in Edmonton was the same way," he said. "We had no chance of making the playoffs so (head coach) Danny Maciocia wanted to see me play for a little while. So, if that's what they want to see with Alex, then ... I hope he does a great job."

Brink, by the way, felt for Jyles.

"Steve's a good friend of mine, he's been a great mentor for me," said Brink, who was drafted by Houston in 2008. "To have him and Buck (Pierce) here has really helped me grow and there's no doubt about it that those two guys have helped me. Unfortunately, it's the business of professional football sometimes. I've been in the NFL and released three times. It's not fun to be told no, so obviously, I feel bad for Steve."

Jyles, by the way, missed part of practice to get attention to his right foot but returned with it heavily taped.

REMOND RETURNS: The Bombers welcomed back import defensive end Remond Willis and added import defensive back Johnny Sears.

Willis, a 6-foot-1, 253- pound Tennessee State product was a late cut at Bomber training camp and had been playing in the Arena league.

"I think they like my speed," said Willis, 25. "I'm pretty quick for a big guy -- a 255- pound linebacker/defensive end so, that's probably what they like ... They said they wanted an extra body and I said I'd be happy to come."

Sears is a 6-foot, 184-pound Eastern Michigan product who has been with the Cincinnati Bengals. He can also return kicks.

The club has also released LB Bernard Hicks and DL Jeremy Maddox, both imports.

HASHMARKS: A number of Bombers were nursing various hurts during Wednesday's workout, including RB Fred Reid, SBs Terrence Edwards and Terence Jeffers-Harris, DL Doug Brown and LB Joe Lobendahn ... DB Jonathan Hefney lined up as a starter with Jovon Johnson moving out to corner at practice ... Johnson needed attention after running into LB Courtney Smith.


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