Bombers' Khan could play in East Final

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Steve Morley (l) and Obby Khan celebrate the Bombers' 25-20 victory over the...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Steve Morley (l) and Obby Khan celebrate the Bombers' 25-20 victory over the BC Lions in CFL action in Winnipeg Thursday July 28, 2011. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:25 PM ET

It appears Obby Khan is going back to centre for the playoffs.

The six-year Bomber vet spent most of Thursday’s practice at the University of Manitoba’s indoor soccer complex with the first-team offence, which is a good sign for the man who lost his starting job two games ago.

Left guard Brendon LaBatte moved to centre and Chris Greaves took over for LaBatte in Winnipeg’s last two games of the regular season — both losses. Head coach Paul LaPolice just wants a winning lineup on the field.

“We’ve had the other guys going for two games, and maybe our best lineup is Khan and LaBatte more so than LaBatte and Greaves,” LaPolice said. “We’ll make that decision next week.”

BYE BYE: The Bombers won’t return to the practice field until Tuesday, so the players have a few days to get prepared for next Sunday’s East Final against either the Montreal Alouettes or Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

LaPolice isn’t concerned that idle hands will be the devil’s playthings.

“They can do whatever they want,” LaPolice said. “I know some guys looked at going home, but it was just too expensive and they gotta be back here (Monday). So a lot of guys are sticking around. I know the guys are having their own session on Sunday; the quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and defensive backs. They’re going to throw on their own.”

LATE HITS: Defensive tackle Don Oramasionwu is one of many potential Bomber free agents this winter, and he let it be known via Twitter on Thursday that there is a ways to go in negotiations. “Maaaaan, that first offer was a straight up slap in the face!!!” Oramasionwu wrote … Quarterback Buck Pierce, slotback Terrence Edwards, defensive back Johnny Sears, safety Ian Logan and defensive tackle Doug Brown all watched Thursday’s practice but are expected to be on the field when the team returns to the practice field next week.


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