Blue’s sick bay con­tin­ues to be full

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - HOCKEY - By Melissa Martin

TAKE a deep breath, and let’s re­cite the Bombers’ in­jury woes. Ready? Here we go: quar­ter­backs Max Hall (hand) and Buck Pierce (who knows) are out with an in­jury. Hall may be back in prac­tice this week; Pierce prob­a­bly won’t be.

Of­fen­sive line­man Steve Mor­ley is gone for a month while he gets a scope to probe his knee. Re­ceiver Rory Kohlert could be out for weeks with a bad ham­string, and de­fen­sive back De­mond Wash­ing­ton is day to day with some ham­string pain of his own, and might not be able to fig­ure into Sun­day’s game in Regina.

That’s not all: De­fen­sive tackle Zach An­der­son’s knee was both­er­ing him, but he should be back for Fri­day’s prac­tice. Line­backer Ian Wild was sick at prac­tice Wed­nes­day, and tackle Glenn Jan­uary was, too, and de­fen­sive end Alex Hall was banged up but is ex­pected back soon. Then there’s the reg­u­lar list of walk­ing wounded — re­ceiver Chris Matthews and de­fen­sive tackle JT Gil­more — though the good news is slot­back Cory Wat­son could be ready to play if he stays healthy in prac­tice all week, and tackle An­dre Dou­glas is likely to come off the in­jury ros­ter to take Shan­non Boat­man’s place.

Err, yikes. “It’s part of the game,” head coach Tim Burke said of his dec­i­mated ros­ter. “Just gotta roll with the punches.”

Two weeks af­ter his de­mo­tion, quarerback Justin Goltz was run­ning the of­fence again at Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice, with Hall and Pierce both out. Al­though coaches didn’t tell him he would start against the Roughrid­ers on Sun­day, Burke agreed that will prob­a­bly be the case — though noth­ing is writ in stone. “No­body’s been promised any­thing,” he said. “If Max comes back to­mor­row and has a good day, then that could change. If doc­tors re­verse the de­ci­sion on Buck, that can change, but I don’t think that’ll hap­pen.”

As for Ja­son Bol­tus, the for­mer Ti­cats backup pivot who joined the Bombers for the first time on Wed­nes­day, Burke was pleased to see how quickly he picked up the of­fen­sive schemes. Be­yond that, the plan with him is a sim­ple wait-and-see. “Right now, we’re just look­ing to make sure we shore up any short-term prob­lems,” he said. “If he comes out and he does a great job, who knows?”

JESSICA BURTNICK / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

Quar­ter­back Ja­son Bol­tus, a for­mer Hamil­ton Tiger-Cat, prac­tises with the Blue Bombers at In­vestors Group Field Wed­nes­day.

Cory Wat­son

Steve Mor­ley

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