Winnipeg – Winnipeg Blue Bombers returned to the practice field on Sunday and receiver Ryan Smith joined the long list of walking wounded. Smith suffered what head coach Mike O’Shea referred to as a “lower body” injury during Thursday’s 20-16 loss to Edmonton. O’Shea said he would be sidelined for a “couple” of weeks. Rookie Thomas Mayo will replace Smith when the Bombers host Calgary Thursday. Smith had caught 19 passes for 186 yards in the first 4 games while Mayo had 5 catches for 78 yards in the only game he played in this season. The Bombers also said that linebacker Sam Hurl, cornerback Johnny Adams, defensive end Trent Corney and defensive back Bruce Johnson, among others, would remain on the sidelined for at least another week. Going into the Edmonton game, the Bombers had 15 players on the injured list including 12 on the 6-game list.
Meanwhile, O’Shea put the matter of any issues with quarterback Drew Willy to rest very quickly during his post-practice media availability. When O’Shea was asked if Willy was still his guy, the coach responded, without hesitation, “yes.” O’Shea said that the teams offensive struggles are a product of breakdowns across the board and that Willy is still their best bet to win games. Willy has drawn the wrath of the fans at recent home games as the Bomber offence continues to play erratically.