Winnipeg – The Blue Bombers returned to practice on Wednesday and for the first time in more than a month, receivers Weston Dressler and Ryan Smith were on the field, in full gear, and fully participating in the workout. Head coach Mike O’Shea says a decision on whether they will be in the lineup for Sunday’s game in Regina won’t be made until Thursday or Friday, but if the way they performed in practice is any indication, you can expect both to suit up against their former club.
Dressler, who has missed the last two games with a presumed leg injury(Bombers are more secretive about their injuries than Donald Trump is about his tax return), was flying and said he doesn’t see any reason whey he won’t be ready to play on Sunday. “It was just one of those injuries where you had to slowly work back into it and test things out. Today was the biggest test of all for me and we will just see how it responds. I’m confident. I felt good today and don’t foresee any problems, so I’m hoping to be good to go” said the 31-year old ex-Rider.
Smith, who has been sidelined for the last four games, also with a presumed leg injury, echoed the same sentiments as Dressler. “I got through the first day, no pain, but at the end of the day the decision is up to the coaches. I can control what I can control and just do what I do, which is play hard and play fast and give everything I’ve got on the field. I feel good, no pain, no anything so I’m excited about what’s to come” said Smith.
O’Shea said the desire of Dressler and Smith to play against their former team won’t trump putting their health first. “No, never, it can’t. We’ve got a long season left. Their health for the rest of the season is more important than any one game would be. But those two guys are starters and when they are healthy, they will play.” O’Shea added “We have to be smart, make decisions, but of course, it would be nice to see them play this game.”
Dressler practiced in place of rookie Thomas Mayo while Smith, if he returns to the lineup, would likely replace another rookie, Gerrard Sheppard, in the starting lineup.
Offensive tackle Jermarcus Hardrick, who sat out last weeks game in Montreal, took most of the first team reps at right tackle and is a good bet to return to the lineup in place of Manasse Foketi.
Bombers also added a local product to their practice roster in offensive lineman Alex McKay. Mckay was a draft pick of Saskatchewan this year after completing his University career with the Manitoba Bisons.
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