January completes comeback from sidelines to O-line

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:30 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Glenn January has battled all the way back from what could have been a career-ending injury.

The Bombers offensive lineman suffered a torn and frayed pectoral muscle in the preseason last year but officially got his job back on Saturday.

Head coach Paul LaPolice named January the team’s starting right tackle. He got the nod over last year’s starter, fellow import Kelly Butler, after one of training camp’s more interesting battles.

“It feels great,” January said Saturday. “At this point all I’ve proven is that I can still play football pretty much. We still have to go out there and win games.

“A lot of hard work led up to this moment, and it feels pretty good.”

Not only did January, 28, miss all of the 2010 season, but he sat out the first preseason game as well due to a groin injury. He felt he played well in Thursday’s preseason finale, and the coaching staff obviously agreed.

“He performed very well in camp, and he performed very well in the game,” LaPolice said. “He did a very good job.”

Butler also made the 46-man roster, but with Andre Douglas on the left side the Bombers won’t be able to dress three import offensive linemen.

“Kelly’s with us right now,” LaPolice said when asked about Butler’s status.

NEW BLOOD: Of the 51 players who made Winnipeg’s final roster or ended up on an injured list, nine are rookies. That includes offensive lineman Chris Kowalczuk, who spent all of last year on the practice roster.

Receivers Clarence Denmark, Kito Poblah, Jade Etienne and Perry Floyd survived the final cut, as did running back Carl Volny, linebacker Leslie Majors, linebacker Henoc Muamba (injured) and defensive end Jason Vega.

LaPolice didn’t rule out Etienne playing next week in Hamilton.

“We’ll see. Aaron Hargreaves has been out for the last three weeks, so we have to see where his health status is.”

LATE HITS: Not a lot of big names hit the market across the league on Saturday, but LaPolice said the Bombers will take a look at other teams’ cuts … Saskatchewan released veteran long snapper Jocelyn Frenette and quarterback Chris Leak … Edmonton cut former Bomber defensive back Lenny Walls and defensive tackle Marcus Adams.


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