Snow problem for Bombers kicker

Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Justin Palardy punts a ball during practice at Canad Inns Stadium....

Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Justin Palardy punts a ball during practice at Canad Inns Stadium. (JASON Halstead/QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:31 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The snow fell on Thursday night, and it fell again on Friday afternoon.

Throw in the crisp temperatures, and the Canad Inns Stadium field could be a little icy on Sunday for the East Final against the Tiger-Cats.

“The footing’s not too bad,” Bombers kicker Justin Palardy said. “The ground’s pretty frozen, but as long as it’s a day game and you scrape off the snow before you plant, you’re ready to go. But it’s just the cold that’s killing you. It hardens up the ball a bit and kind of makes things difficult.”

Palardy might have to adjust his range on field-goal attempts.

“The ball itself doesn’t have much pop left in it, so it doesn’t travel as far as it would on a nice sunny day,” he said. “So it makes things a little difficult, but what do you say? You just kind of roll with it and deal with it.”

Sunday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of -12 C.

BACK AT IT: The Bombers will make at least a half a dozen roster changes for Sunday’s clash with the Tabbies, including the insertion of Rodney Fritz.

The defensive lineman has been out of action since late September, when he pulled his right hamstring in a game against the Argonauts. The coaching staff obviously likes what he can do since it is willing to throw him right back into the fray in the biggest game of the season.

“It shows that they feel like I’m one of the best ones right now to get the job done,” said Fritz, who joined the Bombers in August. “So I’m just looking forward to doing my job.

“I’m feeling great. The time off that I had, it helped me to actually recover fully. It feels like I’m getting back into things again.”

LaPolice isn’t worried about making so many moves before the game that decides the East champ.

“There wouldn’t be anybody who hasn’t played for us this year, who hasn’t been in games,” LaPolice said. “We’re fully comfortable with the people we’ve had here all year rotating through, and I think they’ll put us in position to win the football game.”

Among the players coming on the roster are Fritz, quarterback Buck Pierce, safety Ian Logan, receiver Greg Carr, special teamer Brady Browne and Johnny Sears. The candidates to come off are quarterback Brandon Summers, defensive back Darrell Pasco, receiver Cassidy Doneff, special teamer Jerry-Ralph Jules and, of course, slotback Terence Jeffers-Harris.

Another import will have to come off the roster for Fritz, and there’s a chance it could be defensive end Kenny Mainor.

The Bombers could also swap receivers Jade Etienne and Kito Poblah.


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