Bombers welcome back Nugent

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:10 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Bombers are bringing back a familiar face for a special teams boost.

Non-import safety Jason Nugent was scheduled to arrive in Winnipeg on Sunday night and be at Canad Inns Stadium Monday morning for the team’s first official practice of the season.

Winnipeg opens the 2011 season on Friday night in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats.

Nugent spent the last two seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, but he wasn’t re-signed when he became a free agent in February. He appeared in 16 games last season with the Esks, starting six at safety.

In 2009, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Scarborough, Ont., product had 20 special teams tackles in 18 games with Edmonton.

Nugent had 18 special teams tackles in 29 contests for the Bombers over the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He also set a Grey Cup record with five special team tackles in the 2007 loss to Saskatchewan — in the first half alone.

The Bombers need a new gunner after losing Johnny Sears to a high ankle sprain in Thursday’s pre-season finale. Sears had four special teams tackles against the Argos before suffering his injury in the final minute of the game.

SHOWTIME: The second and final installment of “Road to the Show: John Surla” will go online at cfl.ca on Monday at 10 a.m.

It’s a CFL.ca original documentary series that followed the Bomber linebacker from the evaluation camp to draft day (when he wasn’t selected) to training camp to his first pre-season game in Montreal.

Also on Monday, TSN will air its Huddle for Haiti documentary at 6 p.m. Cameras followed several CFLers, including Winnipeg long snapper Chris Cvetkovic, on a humanitarian trip to the earthquake ravaged country in January.

THE RETURN?: The Calgary Stampeders, who have lost backup Drew Tate to a shoulder injury, are looking at signing former Bombers quarterback Michael Bishop.


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