Another day, another injured player — or in this case, two players — for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Already tormented by the injury bug in the opening third of the 2012 CFL season, the Blue Bombers infirmary added another two members on Tuesday as running back Nathan Riva and fullback Jordan Matechuk left the workout with injuries.
Riva had to be helped off the field after pulling his hamstring, while Matechuk was dealing with a hand injury that required X-rays before the severity could be determined.
Already playing without Anthony Woodson, who is lost for the season with a shoulder injury, the next man on the Canadian running back depth chart is Carl Volny, who is coming off knee surgery and has been dealing with a hamstring strain of late.
“I don’t know if Carl is ready, we’ll see,” said Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice.
This latest development could cause the Blue Bombers to dress import running back Will Ford as one of the designated imports this week.
Ford has seen plenty of work with the first-team offence this week, since Chad Simpson took a second straight maintenance day.
LaPolice admitted he’d like to see Simpson on the field more often than just on game days.
“It’s not an issue,” said LaPolice. “When we get a bye week, hopefully he can start practising every day. Especially a guy who hasn’t played this league. He needs to practise, but at this point, you don’t have a lot of other options.”
Defensive back/returner Demond Washington also watched from the sidelines on Tuesday, but both he and Simpson should be ready to play on Friday.
Returning to practice for the Blue Bombers on Tuesday were receiver Chris Matthews and defensive backs Johnny Sears and Jeremy McGee (who took part in roughly half of the workout because of a hamstring issue).
DOE RELEASED: The Blue Bombers released linebacker Dustin Doe on Tuesday, an interesting development given how much praise he received from LaPolice and defensive co-ordinator Tim Burke going into the season.
Doe made four starts for the Blue Bombers at weak-side (WILL) linebacker, recording 14 defensive tackles, four on special teams and adding an interception.
However, when all was said and done, Doe didn’t play as well as expected.
At least one Blue Bombers player seemed a bit upset by the transaction, as linebacker Brandon Stewart donned Doe’s No. 3 jersey in what appeared to be an act of silent protest.