WINNIPEG - Cory Watson might be the only member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers walking wounded to return this week against the Edmonton Eskimos.
Following Monday's workout, Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice ruled out offensive tackle Andre Douglas (ankle) and linebacker Marcellus Bowman (lower leg) for Thursday's home opener at Canad Inns Stadium.
Players who were already out include 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.
Gilmore has made a solid impression since joining the Blue Bombers on Sunday
"He's got power and he can push the pocket," said LaPolice.
LaPolice told reporters that the Blue Bombers considered bringing back Andre Carroll, but didn't reach out to Dorian Smith after the injury to Collier.
Running back Anthony Woodson (shoulder) was back on the sidelines, while receiver Kito Poblah took a maintenance day but expects to participate on Tuesday.
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 and linebacker Dustin Doe are expected back on the field on Tuesday.
ROTATION CONTINUES: Veteran guard Steve Morley continues to be pushed by Paul Swiston for playing time on the offensive line.
"(Morley) has a guy behind him who has performed well and we're trying to see who the best player is," said LaPolice. "We want Steven's play to improve and we want to get Paul Swiston some playing time. We're going to continue to go with that until those guys declare it."
PIERCE IMPROVING: Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce was on the field Monday, but his walking boot was not.
No update on his status was given, but Pierce was moving better and his rehabilitation appears to be progressing nicely.