Bombers hope Poblah ready

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:08 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Nothing like the Labour Day Classic to throw a rookie back into the lineup.

But that’s what Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice is thinking about doing as the team prepare for Sunday’s game in Regina against the Roughriders.

Receiver Kito Poblah, who tore a posterior cruciate ligament in the season-opener in Hamilton, is looking like he could be back in the fold this weekend.

The Bombers released backup fullback Scott McHenry on Tuesday, opening up a Canadian spot on the 42-man roster.

“We’ll see how his soreness is this week, but hopefully he can go all week,” LaPolice said. “We’ll see.”

If the Bombers activate Poblah this week they would have to remove him from the nine-game-injured list. Poblah’s salary from the last seven games would count retroactively against the salary cap.

NO ORDINARY JOE: Middle linebacker Joe Lobendahn has been named the CFL’s defensive player of the week for the second time this season.

“It sounds good,” the soft-spoken Lobendahn said. “It’s always good to be recognized in the league with the plays that you make on the field. I’m just happy with that.”

Lobendahn made seven tackles in Friday’s win over Hamilton, but it was his forced fumble in the third quarter that stood out. He raced 30 yards to strip Chris Williams of the ball just as he was about to enter the end zone.

“We practise every day running to the ball, and what you do in practice happens in the game,” Lobendahn said. “I had an opportunity, and I made a play.”

WALKING WOUNDED: Cornerback Jovon Johnson (ankle), defensive tackle Doug Brown (toe) and linebacker Marcellus Bowman watched practise on Tuesday.

LaPolice said he has no idea if they’ll be ready to play in the Classic, but defensive tackle Dorian Smith (ankle) won’t play in Regina.

LATE HITS: The Roughriders have won six Classics in a row by an average score of 32-18. They also have a 30-18 lead in the overall series, which dates back to 1939 … Winnipeg’s last win was in 2004, a 17-4 triumph with Jim Daley at the helm … The Bombers officially added offensive lineman Justin Sorensen to their practice roster on Tuesday … The other CFL players of the week were Calgary’s Henry Burris (offence), Montreal’s Sean Whyte (special teams) and Calgary’s Johnny Forzani (Canadian).


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