O’Shea: Banks still in pic­ture

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - SPORTS FOOTBALL - By Ed Tait

The Bombers have not made it of­fi­cial, but have added DB/ kick re­turner Troy Stou­d­er­mire (5-10, 199, Min­nesota) who fin­ished his col­lege ca­reer as the NCAA’s all-time leader in kick­off re­turn yards (3,615 on 144 re­turns). Stou­d­er­mire was in train­ing camp with the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers be­fore be­ing re­leased. CEL­E­BRATE THIS: O’Shea was asked Satur­day if he had been out in pub­lic since Thurs­day’s win over the Ar­gos to soak up some of the good vibes.

“You mean, like the King of Kens­ing­ton?” he joked, mak­ing a ref­er­ence to the open­ing scene of the old CBC sit­com from the 1970s.

“Ba­si­cally I’ve been in my ve­hi­cle to the house and back.”

Pressed on whether he had al­lowed him­self a cel­e­bra­tory beer af­ter his first win as a head coach.

“Yes,” said O’Shea with a grin. “Do you know want to know the brand? A can count? A bunch of the coaches got to sit to­gether, (GM) Kyle (Wal­ters) came in, some of the equip­ment guys... we cer­tainly re­hashed the night’s events and waited for the film to get up and started watch­ing it.” BLUE NOTES: The Bombers have added Dave Jack­son, for­merly of the Regina Thun­der ju­nior club, as a de­fen­sive qual­ity con­trol coach... The Red­blacks an­nounced their team cap­tains on Fri­day: QB Henry Bur­ris (of­fence); line­backer T. J. Hill (de­fence) and line­backer Justin Phillips (spe­cial teams). THE de­but of Korey Banks in Win­nipeg Blue Bomber colours is at least an­other week in the off­ing — if it comes at all.

Bomber head coach Mike O’Shea said Satur­day Banks — the vet­eran line­backer/de­fen­sive back signed in the off-sea­son — will likely re­main on the in­jured list this week when the club plays host to the Ot­tawa Red­blacks.

The 11-year CFL vet­eran has had both back and ham­string is­sues through­out camp and was placed on the one-game in­jured list for the opener against the Toronto Arg­onauts. Just prior to Thurs­day’s opener, TSN’s Glen Suitor Tweeted that ac­cord­ing to a source, Banks was a healthy scratch.

Asked about that spec­u­la­tion im­me­di­ately af­ter the game, O’Shea was ve­he­ment in his de­nial, say­ing “Glen Suitor is wrong.” (Suitor said dur­ing Satur­day’s B.C.-Ed­mon­ton tele­cast he stands by his Tweet).

But ru­mours swirled about Banks on Fri­day and O’Shea was asked Satur­day if the vet­eran de­fender has a fu­ture with the team. “As of right now,” he said. The club said later it would not com­ment on whether the Bombers were try­ing to move Banks via a trade.

O’Shea added he wasn’t sure he wanted to tinker with a win­ning lineup, know­ing full well guys could pull up lame in prac­tice leading up to Thurs­day’s home date against Ot­tawa.

“I’d be hard pressed to change the ros­ter now af­ter what these guys did,” he said. “But we’ll see... the week of prac­tices can be a long week.”

Just to recap the key names on the one-game in­jured list, de­fen­sive back Alex Su­ber and run­ning back Paris Cot­ton are still doubt­ful, while cor­ner­back Dono­van Alexan­der, run­ning back Will Ford and of­fen­sive line­man Paul Swis­ton have re­turned to prac­tice.

One ad­di­tion to the in­jured list is slot­back Cory Wat­son, who had two catches for 72 yards and a touch­down, but also re-in­jured his ham­string on his TD.

“Trust me, there’s no one more frus­trated than Cory,” O’Shea said. “As I said be­fore, he plays the game the way it should be played. He plays hard, 100 miles an hour. It’s frus­trat­ing for him, so we’re go­ing to do what we can to help him and make sure he’s ready to go.” NEW FACE IN TOWN: ed.tait@ freep­ress.mb.ca

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Win­nipeg Blue Bombers run­ning back Nic Grigsby (left) mo­tored for 122 yards on 21 car­ries and caught two passes for 17 yards Thurs­day.

Korey Banks

Mike O’Shea

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