Bombers cut lineman, DB as key players regain health

"You have to make decisions in the cap era. You can't keep everybody around," says LaPolice. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:46 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Bombers said goodbye to two more players on Wednesday, releasing defensive lineman Rodney Fritz and defensive back Darrell Pasco.

Those two transactions came one day after the team sent linebacker Dustin Doe packing.

The reason for the purge, according to head coach Paul LaPolice, is the return to health of several key defensive players. Linebacker Marcellus Bowman will make his season debut on Friday when the Bombers (1-4) take on the Alouettes (2-3), while defensive linemen Brandon Collier and Kenny Mainor could also come back on the roster.

“As guys come back, we have to start deleting guys,” LaPolice said.

The Bombers were big fans of Fritz, who started last November’s Grey Cup against the Lions, but he ended up getting lost in this year’s shuffle.

“I’m very high on him, but he’s our third best (defensive tackle), he’s not a nose guard, and he’s our third-best defensive end,” LaPolice said. “And when Mainor and Collier come back, you have to make decisions in the cap era. You can’t keep everybody around.”

MAIN MAN RETURNS?

The Bombers are looking at taking Mainor off the nine-game injured list after putting him on it only three weeks ago with what was believed to be an ankle injury. CFL teams are allowed to take one player off the nine-game injured list in the first and second halves of the season, and the player’s salary counts retroactively against the cap.

LaPolice wouldn’t confirm Mainor would play, but it sounds like he’ll be in the fold if he’s healthy.

“We’ll see,” LaPolice said. “There was no soreness yesterday. I wanted to see how he is today. We have that option.”

The Mainor situation could also depend on the status of defensive tackle Bryant Turner, who missed Wednesday’s practice for undisclosed reasons.

Defensive tackle Brandon Collier, the team’s starting nose tackle out of training camp, could be back on Friday as well. He suffered a shoulder injury against Toronto July 18 that was believed to be serious, but it wasn’t as bad as originally thought

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LaPolice said backup linebacker Terrell Parker will be coming off the roster to get running back Will Ford in the lineup … Fullback Jordan Matechuk did not break any bones in his hand on Tuesday at practice, as was feared, and he will be re-evaluated after the bye week … Canadian running back Nathan Riva suffered a pulled hamstring during Tuesday’s practice and will be re-evaluated after the bye week … The CFL fined two players on Wednesday. Alouettes linebacker Shea Emry was pinched for the second time this season after a block below the waist on special teams last Friday against the Argos, while Lions linebacker Anthony Reddick was fined for a late hit on Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn on Saturday. The fine amounts weren’t disclosed.

 


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