Winnipeg – Clarence Denmark was sitting at home Thursday night in Florida watching the Winnipeg Blue Bombers play the Edmonton Eskimos when his phone rang. It was Blue Bomber General Manager Kyle Walters asking Denmark if he would rejoin the Bombers.
“It was crazy” said Denmark. “I never expected it, totally surprised to get the call. I didn’t believe it was real at the time. They asked me how quickly I could get packed and my interest was absolute. Winnipeg is all I know. It was tough to get released during the winter but I’m back now. It felt so good coming back into the locker room, see all the guys, everybody welcomed me in. It felt like home and that’s a good feeling. When you are playing football and you come to a team, everybody embraces you, that’s a good feeling.”
The 30-year old Denmark was released during the winter after the Bombers signed Weston Dressler and Ryan Smith as free agents. The move was strictly salary cap related and had nothing to do with Denmark’s ability or his character. A true professional during his five seasons with the Bombers, Denmark only missed two games and rarely missed a practice. In 2014 he caught 65 passes for 1080 yards and even last year, with all the quarterback issues the Bombers had, he caught 57 passes for 718 yards.
The call to Denmark came after the Bombers two leading receivers Darvin Adams and Weston Dressler went down with injuries. Dressler was on crutches at practice Sunday and head coach Mike O’Shea said he would be sidelined for a “few weeks” with a leg injury. Adams injury is more severe. The club won’t say exactly what it is, other an upper body, but O’Shea said Adams would be out as long as 6-8 weeks.
Denmark says he will be ready to play on Wednesday so the Bombers starting five receivers will likely feature Denmark, Thomas Mayo, Jace Davis, Kris Adams and Rory Kohlert.