Bombers' Donnelly retires

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Blue Bombers lost a veteran lineman, Tuesday, when offensive lineman Ryan Donnelly announced his retirement.

A nine-year CFLer who’d been battling knee problems, Donnelly spent the last three seasons in Winnipeg, where he saw spot duty at centre and guard.

But after starting 12 games over the 2008-09 seasons, he was unable to crack the lineup last year.

“I’ve enjoyed my time in the Canadian Football League and I’m sad to be saying goodbye,” he said in a statement.

Donnelly was originally drafted by Hamilton in 2001, spending six years with the Ticats.

Ticket sales hot for Blue

The Bombers announced they’ve surpassed the 17,500-mark in season-ticket sales.

Training camp opens June 5, with the home pre-season game set for June 23.


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