WINNIPEG - At first, Ian Logan had “the flu.”
Then he had an undisclosed illness that was keeping him out of practice, last week.
It turns out the Blue Bomber safety had to undergo an emergency appendectomy which forced him to miss the regular-season finale in Calgary.
“It’s nobody’s business but his,” is how Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice explained the lack of accurate information on Logan.
Logan’s business was broadcast to the nation early in Saturday’s game.
The good news is doctors got to Logan’s appendix before it burst, although his status for the playoffs remains up in the air.
“We’re hoping to get him back for the East Final,” LaPolice said. “He’s certainly crucial. A starting Canadian who’s played very well. It’s hard to lose those guys.
“There’s not much you can do. You just hope he’s OK. He says he feels great. Some people play 10 days after that, some people play three weeks after that.”
It’s likely receivers Terrence Edwards, who hurt his elbow against the Stamps, and Greg Carr, who missed the game with a “bruised butt,” will both be available for the East Final.
IDLE HANDS: The Bombers will watch film Wednesday, practise Thursday, then get four days off, before returning next week.
By the time they get back to the field in earnest, next Tuesday, players will have had just one practice in the nine days since they closed out the regular season.
“I wanted to give them at least a couple days off, so if guys want to go home they can go home,” LaPolice explained. “I’ve done research on this a long time. I know when Montreal had first, they let their guys go home for an entire week. It didn’t seem to affect them.”
Quarterback Buck Pierce says it’ll up to the veterans to make sure a team loaded with first and second-year players doesn’t misuse the extra free time.
“We do have some time off, but it’s important that we don’t forget what got us here and what we need to do to be successful,” Pierce said. “It’s time to really bare down and do more than you’ve ever done. That’s what really helps having that week off, is getting the extra work and not taking the extra time off. If we can get that message across, I like our chances.”
NO FAT CATS: LaPolice says complacency isn’t what caused his team to lose seven of its last 10 games, following a 7-1 start.
He blames mental lapses during games.
“I haven’t seen the not working and just blowing things off. At times we don’t play great, focused football, and all of a sudden you’re down, 24-0. And you can’t come back, it doesn’t matter who you play against. That’s what I’m not as pleased with.”
EX-MATES CUP BOUND?: Pierce was as surprised as anybody to see how easily the Lions handled Montreal, Saturday.
“Yeah. They’re as good as anybody,” Pierce said of his former team. “Their offence is clicking. I’ve always thought their defence is good. They’re very good up front. They’re playing and they’re having fun. They’ve got an opportunity to win one more and have the Cup at home. That’s a huge motivation for them.
“You very rarely see Montreal in that situation.”
SELLOUT NO. 8?: The Bombers began the week with more than 26,000 tickets sold for the East Final.
The team established an all-time attendance record by selling out its last seven regular-season games.