‘I shed a few tears’: Rasheed Bailey to get first career start for Winnipeg Blue Bombers

First it was their starting quarterback, then it was their number one running back, and now the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are missing one of their top receivers.The Bombers will be without an injured Lucky Whitehead for the Banjo Bowl rematch with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday. Whitehead was placed on the one-game injured list after getting hurt in the Labour Day Classic. He has 394 yards receiving and two touchdowns in 11 games this season.Story continues below

Receiver Nic Demski could also be out of the lineup. He’s on their active roster but will be a game-time decision.READ MORE: Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign one running back and release anotherWith Whitehead out for their week 13 match-up, Rasheed Bailey will make his first-ever professional start. The 26-year-old has bounced around since turning pro in 2015. He’s been with seven different teams over the past five seasons, including five NFL clubs, and two different CFL teams.He’s waited for this moment for what seems like forever, and he’s not about to let the opportunity slip through his fingertips.“I shed a few tears because that’s how much this game means to me,” Bailey said. “I’m a little emotional. I’ve waited so long for this. It’s been what four years now. This is my fifth year being a pro. To get my first start — it literally means everything to me.”“I’ve been through every emotion. It’s a famous Nipsey Hussle quote. I’ve been through everything. To be standing here in this position — I’m nothing but ready. Like there’s no doubt.”WATCH: Raw Rasheed Bailey Interview