All systems go for Bombers Willy
WINNIPEG – Drew Willy was back on the field on Friday showing no ill effects after injuring his hand Thursday at practice. Willy declaring himself ready for Sundays big Labour Day classic in Regina but otherwise he wouldn’t say much about the injury.
“I plan on being out there so that’s all I’m really gonna say about it,” said Willy.
Friday’s practice was delayed by thunderstorms in the area but once it did get started, Willy was a full participant. He suffered the injury to his throwing hand when he banged it off teammate Don Unamba on Thursday.
“I was more frustrated about it cause getting hurt in practice, you never want that to happen,” said Willy. “I wasn’t happy about it for sure but you know it’s football, you move on and go from there.”
Willy didn’t wear his usual throwing glove on his injured hand on Friday but says it was just a precaution to test out the injured hand.
“I just really wanted to see the most pain I could feel in the finger.” said Willy.
There will be one change on offence Sunday, though, as both Patrick Neufeld and Matthias Goossen are nicked up so Jarvis Jones will start in the vacancy at right guard.
On defense, Head Coach Mike O’Shea says Jason Vega is healthy again after missing last weeks win against Montreal. But still Vega will sit out the second week in a row so Kashawn Fraser can stay in the starting lineup at defensive end.
“A player got hurt, another player stepped in and did extremely well.” said O’Shea. “We let him compete again during practice this week and Jason Vega did extremely well also but as we’ve done in the past it’s hard to make changes to the roster when you’re coming off a win.”
The Bombers have lost nine straight games in Regina, last winning there in the 2004 Labour Day game.