Ran­dle ready to bust it up

Af­ter miss­ing chunk of 2015, line­backer can’t wait to play

SundayXtra - - NBA PLAYOFFS - By Paul Wiecek

THEY spent their Satur­day be­ing poked and prod­ded, from head to toe. With the com­ple­tion of the team’s an­nual med­i­cals, it is fi­nally show­time at In­vestors Group Field.

The Win­nipeg Blue Bombers get their long awaited — and much hyped — 2016 CFL sea­son un­der­way in earnest this morn­ing at 10 a.m. with the open­ing of train­ing camp. Work­outs are open to the public.

It all can­not come soon enough for Bombers de­fender Chris Ran­dle, who’s waited longer than most for the new sea­son to ar­rive thanks to a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury last Septem­ber that ab­bre­vi­ated his 2015 sea­son.

Ran­dle said Satur­day the wait has been ag­o­niz­ing.

“It was prob­a­bly the hard­est thing I’ve had to go through in my life,” said Ran­dle, who af­ter a stint at strong-side line­backer last sea­son is ex­pected to go back to his nat­u­ral po­si­tion at cor­ner­back this sea­son.

Ran­dle said his knee — and the rest of him — got a clean bill of health dur­ing the med­i­cals.

“It’s great. The phys­i­cal went re­ally well to­day. I’ve been train­ing since I left. Non­stop, con­tin­u­ous work and I feel re­ally good. I’m ready to go.”

Bombers de­fen­sive end Ja­maal Wester­man, who fin­ished sec­ond in the league in sacks last sea­son with 17, said he’s look­ing for­ward to see­ing the myr­iad of off-sea­son per­son­nel changes the front of­fice made fi­nally come to­gether on the field at one time to­day.

No sin­gle unit has seen more off­sea­son changes than the de­fen­sive line, where Wester­man will be the only starter re­turn­ing from last year’s front-four af­ter the off-sea­son jet­ti­son­ing


Ver­sa­tile Blue Bombers de­fender Chris Ran­dle is ex­pected to re­turn to a line­backer po­si­tion this sea­son.

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