Bombers boss says 'My bad'

Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice keeps an eye on quarterback Buck Pierce at practice Monday at...

Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice keeps an eye on quarterback Buck Pierce at practice Monday at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Man.

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:04 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Paul LaPolice was kicking himself after watching oft-injured quarterback Buck Pierce almost get his head knocked off in Hamilton last Friday.

The sophomore Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach regretted calling that particular play, which he did mainly because injuries suffered during the game played havoc with where the players were lining up and the routes the receivers were supposed to run.

The Bombers lost starting receivers Terrence Edwards (arm) and Kito Poblah (knee). Wide receiver Greg Carr, who was being bothered by a sore hamstring, was moved to a different position. Aaron Hargreaves and kick returner Perry Floyd — at times — replaced Poblah and Edwards.

“I got mad at myself for calling that because those guys that were injured were out and those guys that were in may not have repped it as much as the starters,” LaPolice lamented Monday. “So, I was kind of mad at myself for not putting in a better play.

“Greg hadn’t practised in that spot (slotback), we had to move him after the injury. So, we could have put him into a better situation there, so we were bummed out about that a bit.”

The result was that there was a delay in some of the routes being run, so Pierce held on to the ball too long with a blitz coming and paid the price.

Poblah, who has suspected torn ligaments, is expected to be out long-term. Edwards may be back this Friday. Although Carr did not practise Monday, LaPolice expects him to play when the Toronto Argonauts come to town this Friday.

“I didn’t get hit, I just twisted it the wrong way and got a slight upper-body arm injury,” Edwards said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to play this weekend. I’m hoping to play but I’m not going to go out there and hurt our team, so I’ll just take it day by day.”

Edwards added that the injury is already improving.

Hargreaves will start on Friday and draftee receiver Jade Etienne will dress for his first CFL game. Import receiver Clarence Denmark got a lot of work with the first team at Monday’s practice. So did Floyd.

There are also concerns on defence as backup safety Brady Browne will be out indefinitely with a biceps problem and cornerback/punt returner Jovon Johnson was knocked out of the match with a hip pointer. Johnson, however, is expected to play. So is defensive end Odell Willis, who rested a sore groin at Monday’s workout.

Neither linebackers Clint Kent (ankle) nor Henoc Muamba (knee), who missed last week’s game, are expected to return this week.

“It’s out of our control so you just go and coach the next guy,” LaPolice said.

Blue Bombers walking wounded

Safety Brady Browne (biceps) — out indefinitely

Wide receiver Greg Carr (sore hamstring) — expected to play Friday

Slotback Terrence Edwards (arm) — day to day

Cornerback/punt returner Jovon Johnson (hip pointer) — expected to play Friday

Linebacker Clint Kent (ankle) — out indefinitely

Linebacker Henoc Muamba (knee) — out indefinitely

Wide receiver Kito Poblah (knee) — out indefinitely

Defensive end Odell Willis (groin) — expected to play Friday


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