Bombers' Bowman out

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Bombers are likely going to be missing a key member of their defence on Friday night.

Weak-side linebacker Marcellus Bowman is battling a case of turf toe and hasn’t practised all week. As a result, expect Merrill Johnson to get his second start of the season in Bowman’s spot.

“He’s been fighting through it, but I think we need to get him healthy so he can practise,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “Sometimes it’s hard for those guys to miss practice and then go play.”

While Bowman appears to be on his way off the roster, defensive tackle Doug Brown will be back in the lineup after missing two games with a broken big toe.

Left guard Brendon LaBatte didn’t practise on Wednesday due to a sore ankle, but LaPolice vowed the offensive lineman will be on the field Friday night against the Tiger-Cats.

Dustin Doe, who was added to the practice roster earlier this month, would take Bowman’s spot on the roster, and it’s all but official that Henoc Muamba, Winnipeg’s first overall draft pick this year, will also make his CFL debut on Friday.

Slotback Terrence Edwards, who left Tuesday’s practice early, was back on the field Wednesday and is good to go.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: LaPolice was asked on Wednesday if there was a risk in taking slotback Terence Jeffers-Harris out of the starting lineup after he led the team in receiving yards last game.

Greg Carr will start in Jeffers-Harris’ place on Friday against the Tiger-Cats.

“There’s a risk any time you make roster changes or if you change positions on guys,” LaPolice said. “But you just have to weigh what is going to be the best lineup going the rest of the year.”

LaPolice said the move was based on all seven games, and he also noted Carr figured into the picture as well.

“Part of the process is Greg Carr’s a good player who’s around here,” LaPolice said. “He’s a different element. There aren’t many 6-6 guys running around the CFL who can catch the ball. He could be a nice changeup for us.”

MORE SEATS: The Bombers announced the 500 temporary seats they are erecting for Friday’s game will remain for the Banjo Bowl on Sept. 11.

The only difference is the cost of those tickets is $41, compared to $35 this week. That didn’t seem to matter, as 430 of the 500 extra Banjo Bowl tickets had already been sold by 5 p.m. Wednesday.


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