Sears looks forward to Jyles' visit
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
|Argos WR Dontrelle Inman gets corralled by Bombers Johnny Sears (left). (QMI Agency)
Johnny Sears doesn’t appreciate being called a dirty player.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back was asked about comments from Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Steven Jyles that stemmed from last season’s hit that resulted in a one-game suspension for leading with his helmet in a game on Oct. 28 last season when Jyles was still a member of the Toronto Argonauts.
Wouldn’t you know it, Jyles and the Eskimos will serve as the opponent in Thursday’s home opener for the Blue Bombers.
“I don’t play dirty. I play hard and I play to the whistle,” Sears said after Monday’s workout. “You’re not supposed to like me if you’re not on my team. Dirty player? No, I play hard and that’s not going to stop.
“I don’t want to talk to him through the media and in the papers, I’ll address it when I see him on the field. It will get handled, but in a matter of the way it’s supposed to, within the integrity of the game. Yeah, I’ll be thinking about it.”
Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice was quick to support his player.
“Johnny Sears is not a dirty player,” said LaPolice. “He’s a good football player and he’s a good kid. I don’t want to comment on that. Those are (Jyles’) comments.”
Following the workout, LaPolice ruled out offensive tackle Andre Douglas (ankle) and linebacker Marcellus Bowman (lower leg) for Thursday’s game, joining safety Ian Logan (lower body), defensive back Alex Suber (lower body), linebacker Brandon Stewart (lower body) and defensive tackle Brandon Collier (shoulder).
LaPolice said that Collier (shoulder) got a more positive diagnosis than originally suspected and that either non-import Jake Thomas or newcomer JT Gilmore would replace him in the starting lineup this week.
Running back Anthony Woodson (shoulder) was back on the sidelines, while receiver Kito Poblah just took a maintenance day.
Running back Chad Simpson and defensive tackle Bryant Turner returned to practice after missing on Sunday and will play this week, while receivers Terrence Edwards and Chris Matthews are expected back on the field on Tuesday.
Linebacker Dustin Doe (ankle) sat out Monday, but should be ready to go this week, LaPolice said.