WINNIPEG - The league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers are bringing back a familiar face in an effort to kick start their kickoff return game.
Chris Garrett joined the Bombers last September and finished the season with the club before being released at the conclusion of training camp this year. He will be back on the practice field Sunday at Canad Inns Stadium when the Bombers return from their bye week to begin preparation for Friday's game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Garrett, whose primary position is running back, averaged 19.9 yards per kickoff return in three games last season. He lost his job to Perry Floyd in training camp, but the Bombers released Floyd last week because he had trouble holding on to the ball.
Floyd fumbled three times this season but recovered each time. With his departure, Deon Beasley now leads the Bombers with six kickoff returns.
The Bombers are second last in the CFL with an average of 17.8 yards per return. Only the Tiger-Cats, who will come to town with a 4-3 record, have a worse mark.
NEW HOME? Speaking of Floyd, he wrote on his Twitter feed Saturday that he was going to Montreal, presumably to join the Alouettes.
If he does, he would become the 11th released Bomber this season to resurface with another CFL team.
NO BYE BLUES: The Bombers haven't had too much problem bouncing back after a bye week.
The Blue and Gold are 6-7 in games after their breaks since 2002. That includes three straight losses in the Labour Day Classic, which was the first game back for them the last three years.
The Tiger-Cats (4-3) are also coming off the bye.
LATE HITS: The Bombers will practise on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "¶ Only a handful of tickets remain for Friday's game "¶ There's a chance Winnipeg's first overall draft pick, linebacker Henoc Muamba, will be in the lineup on Friday night. He missed the first seven games with a knee injury.