Winnipeg – He didn’t practice today, but receiver Weston Dressler was on the field for the entire Winnipeg Blue Bombers two-hour workout Monday, even tossing the ball and jogging around a bit. Which was just about as positive a sign as the Bombers could hope for after Dressler took a nasty blow to the head and was literally knocked out of Friday’s season opening loss to Montreal in the first quarter. Head coach Mike O’Shea said he is not ruling Dressler out of this weeks game in Calgary.
“We are hopeful he will be ready this week. He shows up every day, sees Al Couture, our athletic therapist, and we go from there.” said O’Shea. When asked if Dressler might have been wise to avoid the contact that caused the suspected concussion, Oshea said “I don’t think you are going to find football players talking about saving themselves. They’ve been playing this game for quite some time, they play it a certain way, by the time they get to this level they have already developed a style and it’s hard to change. These aren’t average men, they don’t talk about saving themselves or taking the easy way out. They talk about competing and winning and battling and dominating. Those are the words they use. Pretty tough to change a guys fabric now.”
Dressler was injured after making his third catch in the first quarter of Friday’s game. He was near the sideline but instead of heading out of bounds, he lowered his head and took on three Alouettes tacklers. If he can’t play in Calgary on Friday night, rookie Thomas Mayo will take his place. O’Shea said the status of cornerback Johnny Adams is unchanged. Adams still hasn’t returned to practice after being hurt early in training camp. And linebacker Khalil Bass missed Monday’s practice but he is expected to play against the Stampeders.