June 9, 2014 11:54 pm
Updated: June 10, 2014 6:47 am

CFL pre-season opener sees Bombers fall 24-22 to Toronto Argonauts

Aaron Woods #14 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers can't come up with the ball in the endzone as Vincent Agnew #23 of the Toronto Argonauts defends in second-half action in a CFL pre-season game at the Investors Group Field on June 9, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

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WINNIPEG – Drew Willy debuted as the starting quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Monday as they fell 24-22 to the Toronto Argonauts to open the CFL pre-season.

The CFL Players Association is expected to vote this week on a tentative contract with the league that may determine whether the pre-season, or regular season, continues beyond Monday.

Both teams used the game to take a good look at their rookies.

Toronto also made the first successful challenge of a failure to call pass interference under new rules brought in this season that made it subject to video review. It helped set up Steve Slaton’s second touchdown of the game to put Toronto ahead 24-16.

The Bombers saw CFL rookie running backs Paris Cotton and Nic Grigsby deliver some of the same stuff they’ve flashed in practice and Canadian receiver Julian Feoli-Gudino scored his first touchdown.

They also got solid performances from the two players auditioning for the kicking job.

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