The Winnipeg Blue Bombers returned to work, Tuesday, only to deliver a second helping of bad news.
A day after announcing the loss of top defensive player Moe Leggett to an Achilles tendon tear, the Bombers say leading receiver Darvin Adams is also out for the rest of the regular season, and likely the playoffs.
Adams suffered a shoulder injury in last week’s win over B.C., although the Bombers say it’s not a recurrence of the broken collarbone he suffered a year ago.
“Darvin’s not going to be available for a number of weeks,” head coach Mike O’Shea said, adding it “might be a little early” to expect Adams back for the post-season.
O’Shea is generally overly optimistic about the status of players, so his statement on Adams suggests there’s little chance of his return in 2017.
“I don’t ever want to count him out, though,” O’Shea added, returning to form. “Given his history, he’s always become available earlier than expected.”
Adams leads the team with 1,120 yards receiving, the fourth-best total in the CFL, and shares the team touchdown lead with Clarence Denmark, with seven.
He was the Bombers’ only consistent deep threat.
“You can feel his presence gone immediately when you’re out there,” quarterback Matt Nichols said. “I felt that throughout the course of the game. Obviously he took all the reps during the week. That plays a big part it in. That’s always a difficult thing to fix on the fly.
“We have a ton of play-makers here. Guys are going to step in… it’s part of the game.”
One those who’ll step in is Weston Dressler, ready to return from a three-game stint on the injured list.
Nichols says there’s no reason the 11-4 Bombers, who clinched a playoff spot last week, can’t keep winning without Adams and Leggett.
“It’s the mindset the coaches have instilled since Day 1,” the quarterback said. “Regardless of who’s out there, you have your teammates’ back. You owe it to your teammates to make sure you’re working hard in practice, making sure you’re watching film and reading the playbook…. sticking with those principles will carry a good team through tough times and injuries.”
The Bombers closed their practice, Tuesday, so there was no word on which players could take the positions vacated by Adams and Leggett.
O’Shea said those decisions haven’t been made, yet.
Leggett had his Achilles surgically repaired, Monday.
Published at Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:22:14 -0400