QB Jyles to have surgery

Injured Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Steven Jyles and his wife Ashley watch practice...

Injured Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Steven Jyles and his wife Ashley watch practice Wednesday. He’ll undergo surgery after tearing ligaments in his throwing shoulder. (BRIAN DONOGH/Winnipeg Sun)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

WINNIPEG - When Steven Jyles first injured his shoulder on Saturday, he figured he would miss a series or two.

Now the Bomber quarterback is preparing for surgery.

“Once we went in the locker-room I was trying to regain feeling in my arm and it was coming back slowly,” Jyles said while watching practice on Wednesday at the Winnipeg Indoor Soccer Complex. “I was like, ‘OK, it’s more severe than what I thought.’

“I didn’t think I was going to have surgery, but if that’s what it takes to get back to 100%, that’s what I’ll do.”

Jyles will go under the knife in Winnipeg soon after tearing ligaments in his throwing shoulder. He’s been told it’s a two-month recovery period, so he expects to be ready for next year’s training camp.

Jyles was 3-8 as Winnipeg’s starter this season in relief of Buck Pierce, who suffered a knee injury in July and then dislocated his throwing elbow in September.

Jyles has the league’s second best quarterback efficiency rating behind Montreal’s Anthony Calvillo, throwing 19 touchdowns against just seven interceptions, but he had eight fumbles, losing the ball to the opposition five times.

The five-year CFL veteran, who had only one start prior to this season, believes the experience he gathered as Winnipeg’s starter will give him a boost at next year’s training camp.

“It helped me a lot. I’m very confident in myself,” Jyles said. “I know what I’m capable of. Now I’m looking forward to next year, because I can come in and be more of a leader and be more positive with guys.

“And I understand the speed of the game and what it takes on the field.”

QB WATCH: Joey Elliott went through his second official practice as Winnipeg’s No. 1 pivot on Wednesday, and execution was a bit of problem.

Head coach Paul LaPolice said they threw a few more concepts at the former Purdue pivot, and he had trouble completing passes. The receivers dropped several passes, although LaPolice thought that might have had something to do with the bright lights at the indoor venue.

“Joey knew where he wanted to go with the football,” LaPolice said. “He’s gotta locate the ball a little bit better, but he knows where to go with the football. He makes a decision, and the ball comes out.

“That’s the biggest problem for young quarterbacks, is holding the football. And he doesn’t.”

SICK BAY UPDATE: Defensive back Jonathan Hefney (flu), left guard Brendon La-Batte (shoulder), Fred Reid (general soreness), Terrence Edwards (ankles) and Deon Beasley (flu) missed the workout, while Dorian Smith (undisclosed) watched the first half and did some work at the end.

All but LaBatte are expected to play on Saturday in Edmonton. LaBatte was scheduled to meet with his doctor later Wednesday about his shoulder, but he wasn’t expecting to hear bad news.

“The pain’s gone down,” LaBatte said. “It’s weak in certain positions. My arm goes dead pretty much. There’s just no strength in it. That’s the biggest thing.

“But in terms of being a catastrophic shoulder injury where something’s torn and it’s going to require surgery, I don’t believe there’s anything like that.”

NEW BLUE: With LaBatte banged up and Luke Fritz appearing to injure his ankle during Wednesday’s practice, the Bombers claimed Canadian offensive lineman Matt Morencie off Hamilton’s practice roster.

That means the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder will be added to Winnipeg’s 46-man active roster for Saturday’s game in Edmonton, but it does not necessarily mean he will dress.

Morencie, according to reports, comes to the Bombers with a bit of baggage, as he was involved in an incident with a journalist last weekend after a Windsor Lancers CIS game. Morencie apparently took the notebook out of the hands of Windsor Star sports columnist Bob Duff and ripped pages out of it before tossing everything in the air and walking away.

Morencie, who was a third-round draft pick of the B.C. Lions in 2009, played for the Lancers, and his father, Mike, is currently the coach.

In 2008, Morencie won the J.P. Metras Trophy as the top CIS lineman.

LATE HITS: There was a bit of a dustup during Wednesday’s practice, with Kelly Butler and Deji Oduwole the main combatants … The Bombers will practice at Canad Inns Stadium on Thursday.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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