Banged-up Bombers missing five starters
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - The Bombers are already in tough against the Stampeders, who have won the last six meetings between the teams.
And now Winnipeg has to go into Saturday’s home date against Calgary without four more injured starters in addition to quarterback Buck Pierce. Defensive linemen Alex Hall and Bryant Turner, along with Canadian receivers Cory Watson and Kito Poblah, won’t play due to various injuries. Hall co-leads the CFL with nine sacks, while Watson is one of the most dependable Canadian receivers in the game.
The Bombers are changing their ratio because of the injuries. Rory Kohlert will be the lone starting Canadian receiver, while Fernand Kashama will get the start at defensive end to make up for the Canuck shortfall in the receiving corps. Kurt Adams is expected to also start at receiver, while J.T. Gilmore will replace Turner on the defensive line.
Slotback Terrence Edwards didn’t practise on Thursday due to a sore foot, but he will play on Saturday.
The Bombers welcomed a fifth quarterback to town on Thursday. R.J. Archer was added to the practice roster along with import offensive lineman James Carmon.
Archer, listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, played his college ball at William & Mary, where he was a receiver for his first two seasons, and had tryouts in the last 14 months with the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. He believes he has tools for the Canadian game.
“It’s a bigger field,” he said. “I think I have a decent arm and more than that the ability to move around some. I know a lot of stuff happens outside the pocket if a play breaks down or something like that. I did a fair amount of that in college.
“I wasn’t necessarily a running quarterback, but sometimes I had to be not by my choice. So hopefully that’ll come into play here some.”
Long snapper Chris Cvetkovic was named the team’s recipient of the annual Ed Kotowich Award for football ability, team camaraderie and extraordinary effort in the community.