Bombers lineup shaping up

Defensive back Jonathan Hefney takes part in Blue Bombers practice at Canad Inns Stadium on Sun.,...

Defensive back Jonathan Hefney takes part in Blue Bombers practice at Canad Inns Stadium on Sun., June 24, 2012. (Jason Halstead/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:07 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The starting lineup came into focus on Sunday morning as the Bombers held their first practice since cutting down to their 46-man roster on Saturday.

Either Jonathan Hefney or Brandon Stewart will replace the released Clinton Kent at strong-side linebacker, with Johnny Sears taking over for the player who moves up. Hefney said after practice he doesnít want to play strong-side linebacker, but he is willing to do whatís best for the team.

Former NFLer Alex Hall won the defensive end spot vacated by Odell Willis, while Brandon Collier is the new starting nose tackle, replacing the retired Doug Brown.

Pierre-Luc Labbe is the teamís starting middle linebacker, beating out last yearís first overall draft pick Henoc Muamba, while Rory Kohlert has jumped past first-round draft pick Jade Etienne on the Canadian receiver depth chart and will likely start Friday against the Lions in place of the injured Cory Watson.

Right tackle Andre Douglas is also injured and wonít play in Week 1, and head coach Paul LaPolice said the team plans to keep playing an American at that spot. The only one left in camp is Jordan Taormina.

Finally, Chris Matthews won the outside receiver job that was created when Greg Carr signed with the Edmonton Eskimos in the off-season.

Left tackle Glenn January returned to practice on Sunday after missing the last two weeks with a leg injury. He didnít participate in team drills, but he is expected to be ready Friday for the Grey Cup rematch against the Lions at B.C. Place.


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