The Winnipeg Blue Bombers bid adieu to one of their longest-serving players on Saturday.
Fullback Jon Oosterhuis, who spent nine seasons in Blue and Gold, was released on Saturday afternoon after failing his pre-season physical earlier in the day at Canad Inns Polo Park. The Bombers didn't say what the injury was.
The Fergus, Ont., native, who will turn 34 on June 13, had eight catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns in his career, which was spent entirely in Winnipeg. He had the potential to become a free agent this past off-season but re-signed with the club four days before the deadline.
Oosterhuis spent the first seven years as a defensive tackle but switched to offence in 2009.
He has been one of the team's leaders off the field as well, winning the Ed Kotowich Award in 2009 for his football ability, team camaraderie and effort in the community.
Oosterhuis was the second longest-serving Bomber behind his good friend and locker-room neighbour, Doug Brown.
Safety James Green and receiver Scott McHenry are candidates to replace Oosterhuis.
HELLO KITO: Supplemental draft pick Kito Poblah drove 16 hours to Winnipeg on Friday, officially signed his contract on Saturday and can't wait to hit the field on Sunday.
"This morning I forgot where I was," Poblah said.
Even though he's a non-import, Poblah has watched only a couple of Grey Cup games on television.
"I really didn't understand the rules as much, but somebody kind of broke it down for me a couple weeks ago," said Poblah, who grew up in Florida but knows teammate Cory Watson from spending his summers in Montreal.
"I kind of get the gist of everything, but it's football at the end of the day."
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