Bombers looking to rebound

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:15 AM ET

The Bombers lost for the first time in five games last Sunday.

The result this week is five roster changes, which means the Banjo Bowl could also be called Meet-A-Bomber Day.

Granted, two of them are injury-related moves, but it’s apparent the Bombers aren’t going to rest in their quest to have one of the greatest turnarounds from one CFL season to the next.

“We’re always trying to tweak to get better,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “There’s a lot of football to be played.”

Marcellus Bowman will return to his starting weak-side linebacker spot after missing two games with turf toe, while his replacement, Merrill Johnson, will come right off the roster.

Fullback Michel-Pierre Pontbriand will make his CFL debut against the Riders, as will defensive tackle Rodney Fritz. Both were added to the team’s practice roster last month and will play special teams against the Riders.

LaPolice wasn’t done there.

Canadian defensive back Jerry-Ralph Jules will come back on the roster in place of Daryl Townsend, while linebacker Dustin Doe, defensive end Jason Vega and receiver Aaron Hargreaves (ankle) will watch the Banjo Bowl from the sidelines.

“We’ll continue to tweak our roster to make things better,” LaPolice said.

FAMILIAR FACE: The Riders aren’t only getting Andy Fantuz back in their lineup; the Green and White are expected to have receiver Cary Koch on the field as well.

Koch missed the first half of the season with a broken thumb and is expected to be part of a rotation on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Shawn Lemon is pegged to start at defensive end for the Riders on Sunday. The Bombers signed Lemon in mid-July, but he quit the team after a few days of practice and resurfaced in Regina a few weeks later.

Lemon will take the place of the inconsistent Remond Willis, whom the Bombers cut at the conclusion of training camp.

LATE HITS: A moment of silence will be held before Sunday’s game for former Winnipeg Football Club chairman Ken Hildahl, who passed away on Aug. 26 … Sunday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 29 C … The roster the Riders provided the media on Saturday had 45 players on it, but was supposed to have 46.

There’s a joke in there somewhere.


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