Bombers believe they'll pick up where they left off

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:54 AM ET

WINNIPEG - They made up the CFLs hottest outfit over the first seven weeks.

So as they come off their bye week to take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Friday, have the 6-1 Blue Bombers retained their edge?

Weve got a number of players with a real competitive edge, a real chip on their shoulders and fire, in terms of their spirit, D-lineman Doug Brown, whos on track to play after a toe injury, was saying, Tuesday. I dont think thatll be a problem, but well find out Friday night whether theres a lull. It seems to me in practice this week weve been able to pick up right where we left off.

That was the hope of head coach Paul LaPolice.

The second-year boss Tuesday brought in a Canadian fighter pilot to talk about the importance of preparation.

Hes got a checklist of 50 things before he can take a flight, LaPolice said. He has to do the same routine every week to be successful. Very similar situation. Hopefully, it was a good message for them.

ON THE LIMP: Receiver Terrence Edwards turned his ankle in Tuesdays practice, leaving early.

Its nothing serious, Edwards said. Just making sure Im all ready for the game.

Edwards said he spent much of the break on his couch in Atlanta, resting his 32-year-old bones.

The body is rested pretty good, he said. Im glad I didnt do anything. Its a long season. Once you get back out there and get going, its like you didnt leave. We dont lose anything. You gain. Because youre rested for the stretch run, with all your guns loaded.

BLUE NOTES: Receiver Kito Poblah (knee, nine-game injured list) is not likely to be activated for another two weeks. CB/KR Jovon Johnson (ankle) returned to practice, while LB Marcellus Bowman (foot) did not ... All 500 temporary seats are sold for Fridays game, pushing ticket sales past 30,000.


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