September 4, 2014 5:40 pm

Bombers free Willy

Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Drew Willy was back on the field Thursday with the rest of his teammates despite rolling his ankle in the Labour Day Classic loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  Willy says his x-rays came back normal and he’ll playing in the rematch.

“I’ll be out there ready to go and looking forward to going out with my teammates and competing,” said Willy.

Willy doesn’t believe the sore ankle will affect his mobility or hold him back in Sunday’s Banjo Bowl.

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“I think I’ll only get better,” said Willy. “I think it will just keep progressing and every single day I’m getting a lot of treatment and stuff like that. I felt pretty good out here today.”

It’s been four days since Willy was rolling around the field in pain clutching his injured ankle. But he didn’t miss a single down.

“I think I just try to pride myself on mental and physical toughness,” said Willy. “I think if you have those two things you give yourself a shot every single week.”

While Willy will play, receiver Nick Moore, defensive end Kashawn Fraser and offensive linemen Patrick Neufeld and Matthias Goossen will all be sitting out with injuries.  And with Fraser unavailable, it will allow Jason Vega to get back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch last week.  After practice, Vega was asked why he was benched.

“Unfortunately that’s above my pay grade,” said Vega. “That’s not a question I can answer personally.  You’d have to ask coach or whoever else or whoever made the decision. All I know is I didn’t play and this week I am.”

Head Coach Mike O’Shea admitted it was a tough decision to sit him out.

“I weigh it out pretty heavily,” said O’Shea. “There’s lots of other things that cross my mind in those decisions. I don’t take them lightly cause you’re putting good people and good players in uncomfortable situations.”

Thaddeus Gibson who was acquired in a trade with the Argonauts earlier this week won’t report to the team until next week.  With the Argos on a bye week Gibson already had a flight booked to go home and the Bombers agreed to let him spend the week with his family before heading to Winnipeg.

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