WINNIPEG - Kito Poblah’s rookie season has gone from bad to worse to over.
The Bombers placed the non-import receiver on the nine-game injured list Friday with a severely sprained shoulder he suffered in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Banjo Bowl.
It’s not often a player gets put on the nine-game injured list twice in the same season with different afflictions, but that’s what has happened to Poblah.
The first-round supplemental draft pick tore his posterior cruciate ligament in Week 1 and was put on the nine-game list, only to be removed two games early for the Labour Day Classic.
He had a game-high nine catches for 89 yards against Saskatchewan in Regina but managed only one grab for 10 yards in the Banjo Bowl before getting hurt.
“It’s unfortunate,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. “He’s a good young player. He looked great in training camp and actually earned a starting job and then just had the injury after week one.”
“We’ll rehab him and get him ready to go next year.”
As for Poblah’s replacement on Sunday in Montreal, it’s still up in the air. Aaron Hargreaves, who is coming off an ankle sprain, will get the start if he’s healthy enough. Otherwise rookie fourth overall draft pick Jade Etienne will get the nod.
“I feel my conditioning is way better,” Etienne said. “Just doing this every day, I’m getting into a routine and I feel good.”
WARNING ISSUED: Chris Greaves was getting quite a few first-team reps at right guard on Friday in place of Steve Morley. LaPolice said that wasn’t by accident.
“We were rotating guys at spots,” he said.
That doesn’t mean there will be changes on Sunday, however, for the much-maligned group.
“I hope there isn’t,” the coach said, “but we’re just making sure everyone knows there’s competition at each spot.”
LATE HITS: Defensive back Jonathan Hefney and slotback Terrence Edwards were back on the practice field Friday, and LaPolice pronounced them ready to go for Sunday … Defensive tackle Dorian Smith, who missed four games with a high ankle sprain, will make his return to the lineup on Sunday … The Bombers leave for Montreal on Saturday morning. The forecast there for Sunday calls for sunny skies and a high of 20 C.