Coach says 3 more Bombers out for remainder of season with injuries
In an unlucky season the Bombers have lost three players to injuries. (file image)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012 9:17AM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, July 25, 2012 9:18AM CST
Call it one unlucky house.
Three more Winnipeg Blue Bombers are going to miss the rest of the season thanks to surgery to repair game damage and they're all roommates.
"They all room together, so I don't know what's with that house," coach Paul LaPolice said Tuesday after practice.
The three also are all rookies and Canadian draft picks -- offensive lineman Tyson Pencer and linebacker Rene Stephan from 2012 and running back Anthony Woodson from 2010.
Woodson was finishing his degree and only reported this season.
Pencer has had his surgery and Woodson will soon, bothfor injured shoulders. Stephan has had surgery to repair a torn ACL.
"We've got to burn that house or whatever," said the coach.
Tyson and Woodson both have a history of injuries but LaPolice says he isn't overly concerned.
"(It's) disappointing because two of those three were on the roster and playing all four special teams and doing well.And Tyson certainly, . . . be good to have a year to develop."
He says they will have to wait till next season now.
It continues the run of bad luck that has hit the struggling Bombers this season. Last year's star running back Chris Garrett is also out for the season with a torn Achilles.
On the plus side, receiver Cory Watson has returned from the injury list and after a few days of practice is starting to get his wind back, said LaPolice.
"He says he's fine. It's great to have him back on the roster."
The Bombers play the Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday in Winnipeg and are still looking for their first win of the season.
They held the lead until the final few minutes of their last game in Toronto and Justin Palardy's five field goals that night were good enough to earn him the special teams player of the week award.
"We play this to win games so obviously I didn't do enough to help the team win," Palardy, 24, said about the award.
"I could have been better on kickoffs. Did my field goal job but it would have been nice to come out with a win."