Winnipeg – Winnipeg Blue Bombers returned to practice Monday from their bye week and while head coach Mike O’Shea thought the team looked rested and refreshed if a little bit ragged in their first workout back, he also didn’t hold out great optimism about the return of some of his key injured players. O’Shea said receivers Weston Dressler and Ryan Smith, cornerback Chris Randle, defensive back Julian Posey and offensive lineman Jeff Keeping were at least a week away from getting back in the lineup. But, all-star cornerback Johnny Adams and receiver Quincy McDuffie both practiced with the first team on Monday and appear ready to return, although O’Shea said no final decision would be made for a day or two.
McDuffie has missed the last two games. He has apparently moved ahead of Jace Davis in the starting receiver rotation and will also return kicks if he gets the green light to play in Montreal on Friday. Adams has been out since training camp with an undetermined injury. He has been practicing for a couple of weeks, and it seems a certainty he will be back at cornerback against the Als, especially given that rookie Terrence Frederick has gone down with an injury. Adams had 6 interceptions in his rookie season and was fourth on the Bombers with 65 defensive tackles. The 27-year old Michigan State grad was without doubt one of the best cornerbacks in the league last season and, even though the rookie replacements have more than held their own, his return will be welcomed.
Bombers visit Montreal Friday before their annual back to back showdown with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.