Hefney fined for missing practice to stay with sick kid
By Jim Bender, Winnipeg Sun
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice watches action during football practice at Canad Inns Stadium on Sun., Aug. 12, 2012. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney was granted an extra day off because he wanted to stay with his six-year-old daughter, Tylee, a little longer.
"My little girl just had some complications and I had to take care of it and making sure I was there means a lot," Hefney said after Monday's practice. "I miss a lot of things that were going on. So, I had a little time off and I wanted to go see if she was all right because I know she needed me there."
Hefney declined to disclose the nature of those health problems but said she should be OK in "a couple of weeks."
Hefney was still fined for returning late from the bye week because "a little miscommunication" with head coach Paul LaPolice. But, once they were able to connect, Hefney was granted the extra time off.
Meanwhile non-import middle linebacker Henoc Muamba was getting most of the reps with the starting defence Monday and LaPolice indicated that he may start there in place of Pierre-Luc Labbe when Winnipeg plays host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday.
Running back Chad Simpson also practised after taking a couple of days off, but defensive lineman J T Gilmore sat out with an ankle injury.
Injured quarterback Buck Pierce, who had been on the field for the first two practices of the week, missed Monday's workout to recover from the soreness caused by the treatment he's getting, LaPolice said.
Import offensive lineman Shannon Boatman also continued to take turns at offensive tackle.