Stamps vs. Hefney should be great battle

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:08 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg versus Edmonton should be a super battle on Friday night. Fred Stamps versus Jonathan Hefney might be even better. Stamps leads the CFL with 578 receiving yards, giving him a 148-yard lead on Montreal’s S.J. Green, while Hefney on Tuesday was named the CFL’s defensive player of the week for his nine-tackle performance against the B.C. Lions. They are expected to see a lot of each other this week. “I love the matchup. It’ll be a good one,” Bombers cornerback Jovon Johnson said. “So far, since Hef’s been in the CFL, he’s got the best of him.” That’s a fact. In three games against one another, Hefney has limited Stamps to just nine catches for 85 yards and no touchdowns. That’s an average of 28 yards per game. The other players of the week were Toronto running back Chad Kackert (offence), B.C. kicker Paul McCallum (special teams) and Hamilton receiver Dave Stala (Canadian). ALL GOOD: Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce was back on the practice field Tuesday. His strained left calf was wrapped up, but he didn’t appear to have any mobility issues and is expected to start Friday. “He had a good day of practice,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “He handled our game plan pretty well and was throwing the ball well.” WALKING WOUNDED: Defensive tackle Doug Brown (foot) didn’t take part in practice, but linebacker Joe Lobendahn (ankle) was back on the field and looks good to go this week. Defensive end Jason Vega (knee) was also working out with the first-team defence on Tuesday, but there’s a good chance he’ll be held out until next week’s game in B.C. Right tackle Glenn January (flu) has had limited reps over the last two days. Greg Carr (quadriceps) has also resumed working out full time, but LaPolice said he needs to work his way back on to the roster. Cornerback Deon Beasley (ankle) was also on the field Tuesday, and linebacker Henoc Muamba (knee) practised for the second straight day, but LaPolice said he had some soreness after Monday’s workout. NEW BLOOD: The Bombers have brought back 6-foot-4 wide receiver Damian Sherman, who got hurt on the second day of rookie camp and was subsequently released. Even though they had the room to keep him, the Bombers released receiver Alex Watson from the practice roster. NUMBERS GAME: The ticket count for Friday’s game was 27,068 as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Bombers are 27-8 since 1990 when they play in front of more than 29,000 fans at Canad Inns Stadium.

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