They say one of the toughest things to do in pro football is to unseat a healthy starter on your own team, but that’s exactly what Patrick Neufeld will do tonight when he lines up at left guard in place of Chris Greaves.
It will be Neufeld’s first appearance this season — he got hurt in training camp and had been unable to get back into the lineup even while healthy. But after a week in which the Bombers gave up a season-high four sacks to Edmonton and their running game continued to struggle for traction, Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea is sitting Greaves and giving Neufeld a chance to show he can play — and stay healthy, something he hasn’t been able to do until now in an injury-riddled five-year CFL career.
“I’m feeling awesome. The body is feeling really well,” said Neufeld. “It’s never easy being on the sidelines watching because of an injury. And when you do get back out there, you want to show you can be a veteran presence on the team and do the things out there that will help this team win.”