Carr back in Bombers lineup

Carr has been out of the Blue Bombers lineup since a hamstring injury Week 1. (QMI Agency file...

Carr has been out of the Blue Bombers lineup since a hamstring injury Week 1. (QMI Agency file photo)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

WINNIPEG - No. 84 reached up over a defender, wrapped his big hands around the pigskin, pulled it down from the sky and loped toward the end zone.

A few minutes later, a hand-slap with Buck Pierce, the man who threw the ball.

Yes, it seems Greg Carr is finally getting his 6-foot-6 frame back into the Winnipeg Blue Bomber lineup against Hamilton, this week.

Or, as he put it, after a practice that saw him take first-team reps, Tuesday, getting a second chance from the girlfriend who'd relegated him to the doghouse.

"After a million calls to the girlfriend, she finally picked that one up and answered it," Carr said. "So now you gotta come out here and let her know how you feel."

The last few weeks Carr has felt like the guy who shows up at the girl's door, well-dressed and on time, only to have it slammed in his face.

Fully healed from a Week 1 hamstring injury, he felt ready to go in the second-last game against Edmonton, and again in Vancouver, Winnipeg's last game before the bye week.

Both times his calls went unheeded.

This from a guy who turned heads the moment he played his first game as a Bomber, last September.

This week, the man of the house, a.k.a. head coach Paul LaPolice, appears ready to open the door.

"We're evaluating whether we put T.J. (Harris) or him on this week," LaPolice confirmed. "We're just trying to get better offensively. Greg was successful for us last year. And T.J.'s been OK. But if we can get an upgrade there... we'll make a decision by the end of the week."

That the Bombers are being forced to choose between Carr and Terence Jeffers-Harris speaks to the sudden depth of a receiving corps that's discovered newcomer Clarence Denmark.

Going into the season, the combination of Carr and Jeffers-Harris looked like a double date that would be the envy of the CFL.

But for some reason, Jeffers-Harris, coming off his own explosive rookie campaign, has looked rather ordinary.

So now he's on the verge of being asked to step aside, while somebody else takes the next dance.

"I definitely feel the pressure," Jeffers-Harris said. "It's competition. This is what it's all about. It's fun. All in the same, you want to have your job."

Jeffers-Harris acknowledges a competitive courtship like this can bring out the best in a man.

He's not willing to acknowledge he's lost it, just yet, despite the signals he's getting in practice this week.

"I don't think so," he said. "It's a bit of a hint. But an hour before the game, then we'll all know."

LaPolice has obviously been hesitant to tinker too much with a 6-1 lineup.

But when an imposing talent like Carr is on your front step, it's hard to keep saying no.

"There's not many guys in this league that have his size," the coach said. "The quarterback doesn't have to throw a perfect ball to him, and he can catch the ball with range."

As for Carr, he feels like a 17-year-old finally getting that elusive date with the high school cheerleader.

"When you're not on that field, it drives you crazy," Carr said. "At the same time it motivates you. When you get out here you've got to take advantage of it. I'll probably be overexcited, more than anything, if I do get that opportunity to play."

So if the gal says yes, and if it's OK with the old man, there's only one thing left to do, Friday.

Bring flowers, of course. "I gotta bring a lot," Carr said. "Because if you don't, you'll be back in the doghouse. I don't want to be there again.

"I have to stand up with my opportunity -- not just ask for it and then come out here and stink it up."

After all, you only get one chance to make a second impression.


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