Roster finalizing as pre-season winds down

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

WINNIPEG - It's not like there will be many surprises, but Bomber fans on Thursday night will get a good glimpse of what the 2011 version of their squad will look like.

Winnipeg concludes its CFL pre-season against the Toronto Argonauts at Canad Inns Stadium, and head coach Paul LaPolice wants his projected starters to get a good feel for one another.

“We’ll have a rotation still to evaluate, but we also want to get starters playing together,” he said.

LaPolice added it’s too early to know if every available healthy player will dress against the Boatmen, but expect the veterans to get at least a half of work and maybe more.

SICK BAY UPDATE: Receiver Greg Carr (hamstring), offensive lineman Glenn January (groin), long snapper Chris Cvetkovic (calf), linebacker Henoc Muamba (knee) and fullback Scott McHenry (neck) all watched Sunday’s practice.

LaPolice said he hopes Carr will practise on Monday or Tuesday, and he expects January to play on Thursday.

Receiver Damian Sherman, who has been out since rookie camp with a hamstring pull, appears close to returning but didn’t do much on Sunday.

LATE HITS: Rookie receiver Jade Etienne worked with the first-team offence in place of Carr on Sunday but had a tough day … Pierre-Luc Labbe plucked a Justin Goltz pass out of the air near the line of scrimmage for a dandy interception … Winnipeg native Don Oramasionwu got some reps at end in the team’s 3-4 defensive set.

Camping Out

Day 15

Three stars of the day

Quarterback Joey Elliott couldn’t miss, receiver Clarence Denmark couldn’t drop any, and cornerback Brandon Stewart couldn’t have had tighter coverage.

Catch of the day

Perry Floyd had to reach to get his fingertips on the ball, and it bounced around a bit before he hauled it in for the completion.

Quote of the day

“Hurry up, offence.”

— linebackers coach Casey Creehan, screaming at the offence to get its plays off quicker so his players could get more used to the real tempo of a game

Tweet of the day

“Back in training camp! Felt great! Can’t wait to lock and load this Thursday!!”

— centre Obby Khan (obbykhan60), who injured his groin on the first day of camp and was back patrolling the middle of the offensive line on Sunday

Cuts loom

The Bombers, like every CFL team, must get down to a 46-man roster and seven-player practice squad by this Saturday. They currently have 71 players in camp.

The schedule

The Bombers are done with two-a-days. They will practice at 11 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and then have a walk-through on Wednesday to prepare for Thursday’s pre-season finale against Toronto.


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