At one point, neither one of them thought they would play another down this season.
Now, both Kito Poblah and Brady Browne may be coming off the nine-game injury list in time to play for the Blue Bombers in the CFL East Final versus Hamilton here this Sunday.
Poblah had made the team as a starter out of training camp, but suffered a knee injury in his first regular-season game and was placed on the nine-game injury list. The Canadian receiver was taken off that list two games early, returned to action in the Labour Day Classic but suffered a shoulder injury in the Banjo Bowl. Back on the nine-gamer.
But Poblah was back at practice on Tuesday with the expectations that he will suit up when Winnipeg welcomes the Tiger-Cats to town.
“It’d be great. Big players make big plays in big games,” said the 6-foot-2, 213-pound Central Michigan product, who caught nine passes for 89 yards against Saskatchewan on Labour Day. “It’s not what happens during the season that people remember, it’s when it really matters. So, I would get a chance to help the team out if I’m able to play this Sunday. So hopefully, I’ll get the good news this week.”
Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice, however, was hedging his bets.
“He hasn’t played in a game (for a while) so, we’re working on his conditioning,” he said.
Browne, likewise, was told his season was over when he suffered a torn bicep tendon and needed surgery to repair it.
“It’s looking pretty good (for Sunday) right now,” said the backup safety, who practised with some starting special teams units Tuesday. “It would be a dream-come-true. I’ve never played in a playoff game and to have a chance to be one game away from going to the Grey Cup is pretty awesome.”
GOT GAS?: Browne, by the way, was there when his roommate, Ian Logan, began having the pains that led to an emergency appendectomy two weeks ago.
“It was actually funny,” Browne recalled. “I just told him he had gas or something. Then the next day he tells me it still hurts. Then he texted me from the hospital two hours after saying that he’s going into surgery. And I’m like, ‘I guess it wasn’t gas, then.’ But I was happy everything went well for him.”
Logan also practised Tuesday and has been cleared to play Sunday.
“It’s been two weeks and I’m 100%,” the all-star safety said. “I’m ready to go. I was worried if we didn’t finish first. If we hadn’t finished first, I probably wouldn’t have been able to play last week but now that we’ve got the bye week, it’s been gravy, it’s been great.”
CFL STARS: Hamilton linebacker Jamall Johnson (defence) and receiver/RB Marcus Thigpen (special teams) were named CFL Players of the Week. Montreal QB Anthony Calvillo (offence) and Calgary RB Jon Cornish (Canadian) got the other nods.