Bombers cut 8

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:34 PM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers got down to their 46-man roster on Saturday afternoon, and a few veterans failed to survive the cuts.

Defensive tackle Moton Hopkins, running back Chris Garrett and safety Chris Smith, who all joined the Blue and Gold last season, were among the eight players the CFL team released.

The others let go on Saturday were running back Alex Henderson, quarterback Justin Goltz, linebacker John Surla, offensive lineman Brendan Dunn and defensive end Remond Willis, meaning Jason Vega won the spot left open by Phillip Huntís departure.

The seven-man practice roster will come from the 20 players the Bombers released on Friday and Saturday. Surla and Dunn are definitely on it, while Henderson and defensive tackle Bryant Turner are expected to be as well.

Defensive back Johnny Sears, who was a special teams star in Thursdayís pre-season loss to Toronto, has been placed on the nine-game injured list with a high ankle spraing, while rookie offensive lineman Paul Swiston is also on the nine-game.

Glenn January won the battle for the starting right tackle spot over Kelly Butler, but head coach Paul LaPolice wouldnít divulge other outcomes of position battles, like strong-side cornerback (Deon Beasley or Brandon Stewart) or the interior of the offensive line.

First overall pick, linebacker Henoc Muamba, has been put on the one-game injured list, which means he canít play in Fridayís season-opener in Hamilton. Strong-side linebacker Clint Kent (ankle) and defensive end Deji Oduwole were also put on the one-game injured list.

Saturdayís news means rookie receiver Jade Etienne has cracked the 46-man roster, as has first-round supplemental draft pick, receiver Kito Poblah.

Receiver-returner Perry Floyd has cracked the roster, likely as the offensive designated import.

RELEASED

DT Moton Hopkins

RB Alex Henderson

RB Chris Garrett

S Chris Smith

OL Brendan Dunn

DE Remond Willis

QB Justin Goltz

LB John Surla

ONE-GAME INJURED

LB Clint Kent

DE Deji Oduwole

LB Henoc Muamba

NINE-GAME INJURED

DB Johnny Sears

OL Paul Swiston


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