Winnipeg – Winnipeg Blue Bomber Head Coach Mike O’Shea plans to take as many as 60 players to Ottawa for the teams second and final CFL pre-season game on Monday.
But after a hot and humid practice on Friday that O’Shea cut short given the weather conditions, he said injuries were making it difficult to determine who could make the trip.
O’Shea confirmed that veteran offensive lineman Jeff Keeping will be sidelined up to 8 weeks with a knee injury suffered during Wednesday’s pre-season game against Montreal. And second year Canadian receiver Addison Richards hurt his hand in that game and is questionable for the start of the regular season.
Richards is among a fairly long list of players who won’t be going to Ottawa, including Weston Dressler, Sam Hurl and impressive newcomer Adrian Hubbard.
Hubbard had a strong showing at defensive end against the Als. Other than Keeping, Richards and rookie linebacker Kyle Knox- who is out for up to 6 weeks with a leg injury- O’Shea doesn’t think any of the other injuries should preclude the players from being ready for the regular season opener June 24th against Montreal.
Quarterback Drew Willy will make the trip to Ottawa and he will play. The Bombers and all other CFL clubs have to trim their rosters to 65 players by June 14th, the day after Winnipeg players in Ottawa. Final cuts have to be made on June 18th when the 9 teams in the league name their 46 man rosters.