WINNIPEG - Kito Poblah admits to some anxious moments over the past few days, but isnít nearly ready to call this a lost season.
While the Winnipeg Blue Bombers placed the rookie receiver on the nine-game injured list on Tuesday, Poblah is hoping that heíll be able to return in between six-and-eight weeks, provided all goes well during rehabilitation.
The affable Poblah is disappointed to be heading to the sidelines for an extended period of time, but suggests itíll just make him more motivated to contribute once he returns.
ďIím going to come back even stronger, to finish off the second half of the season,Ē said Poblah, who suffered a torn ligament in his right knee after laying out for a pass that he dropped late in the second quarter of Fridayís 24-16 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. ď(The ligament) is completely off. Iím able to walk around, not just able to extend my knee as much as I want to. It could have been a lot worse. It is what it is and at the end of the day, Iím just going to do what Iíve got to do to get back on the field.Ē
On the play where the injury occurred, Poblah had snuck behind the Ticats defender and was fully outstretched and had the ball in his hands but couldnít survive the contact with the turf.
ď(The injury happened) actually when I landed, I guess Iíve got to learn how to fall,Ē said Poblah, the first pick in the 2011 CFL Supplemental Draft. ďIt happened and now Iíve just got to deal with it.Ē
And about those two dropped passes that slipped through his hands?
ďI have thought about those drops and honestly, thatís going to motivate me to get back on the field,Ē said Poblah, who is coming off a strong career at Central Michigan of the NCAA. ďIím not that type of player. I truly believe I can help and contribute to this team by making big plays. Obviously, Iíve got to take it one step at a time. Right now, Iíve got to get myself back to full health and be in tip-top shape.Ē
The loss of Poblah means that Aaron Hargreaves moves into the starting lineup and fourth overall pick Jade Etienne should see his first CFL action this week.
ďYou donít like losing young, good players but weíll find a way to keep moving on,Ē said Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice. ďItís unfortunate, but you control what you can control.Ē
Aside from Poblah, safety Brady Browne (biceps) was also placed on the nine-game injured list, while the Blue Bombers signed receiver Alex Watson to a contract.
Originally, Watson was signed to the practice roster but he now moves to the 46-man, at least for the time being.
Blue Bombers injuries
* WR Kito Poblah (Knee): Placed on nine-game injured list
* S Brady Browne (biceps): Placed on nine-game injured list
* SB Terrence Edwards (arm): Likely to play Friday
* WR Greg Carr (hamstring): Day-to-day
* DE Odell Willis (groin): Should play Friday
* DB Leslie Majors (undisclosed): Day-to-day
* DB Jovon Johnson (hip): Likely to play friday
* DB/LB Clint Kent (ankle): Out for Friday
* DB Johnny Sears (ankle): On nine-game injured list
* LB Henoc Muamba (knee): Out 4-6 weeks