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Winnipeg Blue Bombers lose another offensive lineman to injury

Jermarcus Hardrick joins fellow offensive linemen Patrick Neufeld and Jeff Keeping in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' sick bay. Jeremy Desrochers / Global News

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-4) will be without offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick for Friday’s game against the Toronto Argonauts (4-2).

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Hardrick was banged up twice in the Bombers 37-11 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-3) last Wednesday. He was eventually forced out of the game with an upper-body injury that will keep him sidelined for a couple of weeks.

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Hardrick joins fellow offensive linemen Patrick Neufeld and Jeff Keeping in the infirmary. Neufeld is expected to be out four more weeks with an ankle injury. Keeping has yet to play a game this year after hurting his knee during the pre-season.

Manase Foketi is expected to make his CFL debut this week in Hardrick’s place.

“We’re very fortunate with the depth we’ve had on the offensive line,” said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea.

“We’ve managed to make some changes out of necessity and not miss a beat. We expect the same thing with Manase.”

HEADING WEST: It appears former Bomber Adrian Hubbard has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-5). The linebacker tweeted a picture on Monday of Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field along with the word ‘surprise’. Hubbard was released by the Bombers on August 1.

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