Winnipeg – Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced today(Wednesday) that receiver Weston Dressler would not be available for Friday’s game in Calgary. Dressler suffered a severe blow to the head in last Friday’s season opener vs Montreal. He has been on the field at practice the last two days but he has obviously not cleared the necessary protocol(concussion??) required to get the green light to suit up against the Stamps. Head coach Mike O’Shea said he expects Dressler will be ready for next Thursday’s game in Hamilton but he will be re-evaluated following the Calgary game.
Dressler’s replacement in the starting lineup will be rookie Thomas Mayo. The 6-foot, 2-inch Mayo attended California University in Pennsylvania. He earned an invitation to Bomber rookie camp through a tryout camp in Washington and he has been steadily improving and impressing the coaches ever since. Mayo had NFL tryouts with the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets following his college career. He has also played in the Arena and Indoor football leagues, and missed a year and a half of action with a serious knee injury. At 26 years of age, he is excited about the opportunity to make is CFL regular season debut.
Veteran offensive lineman Pat Neufeld was a spectator at practice Wednesday but O’Shea said he would play in Calgary. Other than Mayo replacing Dressler, the Bombers expect to go with the same starting lineup that dropped a 22-14 decision to the Alouettes last Friday, meaning cornerback Johnny Adams will miss his second game in a row with no indication when he might return to the practice field. And Matt Nichols will replace Dressler as the holder for Justin Medlock on place-kicks.
Fridays game on 680-CJOB kicks off at 9pm Manitoba time, with the pre-game show featuring Bob Irving and Doug Brown starting at 7pm.