Denmark goes home after dad's death

Blue Bombers' Clarence Denmark works out during team practice at Canad Ins Stadium in Winnipeg....

Blue Bombers' Clarence Denmark works out during team practice at Canad Ins Stadium in Winnipeg. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (QMI Agency/CHRIS PROCAYLO)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:03 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will make a second unwanted change to their already struggling offence this weekend.

Starting receiver Clarence Denmark has left the team after the death of his father.

Marvin Denmark, who lived in Jacksonville, Fla., suffered a stroke just over two weeks ago.

Isaac Anderson will take Denmark’s place in Montreal, Monday, his second game action of the season.

Denmark ranks third on the team with 539 yards.

The Bombers will already be without No. 1 quarterback Buck Pierce, out with a concussion.

On a lighter note, new offensive lineman Lee Barbiasz took one look at the situation the team is in and went back home.

Head coach Tim Burke said he wasn’t sure why the big import only stuck around for one practice.

“He said he just wasn’t into football anymore,” Burke said.

Asked if it was the weather or the team’s record that scared Barbiasz off, Burke said he didn’t know.

“Got me. He’s from new Hampshire and he played in Colorado, so you’d think he’d played in these conditions before. He just said it wasn’t that important to him anymore. He got up here and I guess had second thoughts.”

Joey Elliott will get the start at quarterback, as the 3-10 Bombers, all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, go up against the first-place Alouettes, 8-5.

Winnipeg is also trying to win its first road game of the season.


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