Banjo Bowl injury pushes Poblah back to sidelines

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The injury bug has bitten Kito Poblah again.

The big non-import receiver suffered a shoulder injury in the Banjo Bowl and will miss Sunday’s game in Montreal.

The fact the Bombers signed Canadian and former University of Manitoba Bisons receiver Ricky Clarke to their practice roster on Wednesday suggests Poblah could be out for a while.

Poblah, a rookie, missed seven games with a torn posterior cruciate ligament, which is in the knee. He came off the nine-game injured list early for the Labour Day Classic and made nine catches for 89 yards.

Aaron Hargreaves, who was bumped to a backup upon Poblah’s return, was back on the practice field Wednesday after missing the Banjo Bowl with a sprained ankle. It’s unknown if Hargreaves will be ready for this weekend’s game, but Jade Etienne would make his first career start if he isn’t.

Clarke, a 26-year-old Toronto native, played for the Bisons in 2005, finishing third on the team with 339 yards. He also suited up for Canada at this year’s world senior men’s football championship in Austria.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Marcellus Bowman is Winnipeg’s new middle linebacker now that Joe Lobendahn has been lost for the season with a torn ACL.

Bowman had never played the position until filling in for Lobendahn on July 28 against B.C., so he’s not completely new to the spot.

“It’s almost like home sweet home — almost,” he said. “I have no choice but to be comfortable.”

His first test will be a tough one, as he and the rest of Swaggerville will need to slow down Anthony Calvillo and the juggernaut that is the Alouettes offence.

“We’re just trying to find what kind of chinks in the armour he has, and once we find those then we’ll attack them,” Bowman said of the Als quarterback.

“There’s always something. Everybody’s human. He’s not unbeatable. We’ll find them. We’ll take care of it.”

Merrill Johnson is the likely candidate to take over for Bowman at weak-side linebacker.

“It gives us a chance to have two real speed guys,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “Now, we have some packages the last couple weeks where Pierre (-Luc Labbe) will play also.”

LATE HITS: Terrence Edwards, Jonathan Hefney, Bryant Turner, Mike Renaud and Obby Khan all watched Wednesday’s practice but are expected to be fine, according to LaPolice … Defensive end Jason Vega, who pulled a hamstring in the Labour Day Classic, will miss a second straight game … The Bombers released defensive back Daryl Townsend … Dorian Smith, who has missed four weeks with a high ankle sprain, was back with the first-team defence on Wednesday … Terence Jeffers-Harris and Johnny Sears were also back practising.


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