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« on: September 19, 2017, 07:25:26 PM »

Ouch. This one hurts.
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 07:26:11 PM »

upper body injury...

what happened?  does anyone know?
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 07:27:54 PM »


https://www.bluebombers.com/2017/09/19/westerman-remainder-season/


The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have lost Jamaal Westerman ? one of their defensive mainstays and a vocal veteran presence ? for the rest of the 2017 season.

The crushing news was revealed this afternoon that the 32-year-old defensive end suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury in the Banjo Bowl victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on September 9th, and after further evaluation, he will be shut down for the rest of the year.

It will mark the first time in his three years as a Bomber that Westerman will be forced to miss action.

?It?s always disappointing when something like this happens,? said Westerman in an interview with bluebombers.com after the news broke Tuesday afternoon. ?One of my biggest things throughout my career has been to always be available to my team. That?s one of the things coaches have always taught me: The best ability is availability.

?That?s how I?ve tried to be accountable to this team. They brought me in here and they didn?t do so for me to sit on the sideline or miss reps, practices or games.?



?I don?t want to say this is devastating, because there are worse things that can happen in your career. It?s a setback. It sucks. But things happen and you?ve got to move forward.?

The loss of Westerman leaves a size-large hole along the defensive line. He is currently leading the team in sacks this season with seven and has 32 QB kills in 47 games over his three years as a Bomber.

?I have no clue how it happened,? said Westerman. ?I probably took a hit, it could have happened when I fell or pushed off somebody or somebody might have rolled up on me.

?I?m not exactly sure which play in the game it happened, but I knew after the game and after talking with the trainers that something wasn?t right.?

The Bombers returned to practice Monday after the bye week with Westerman watching as Jackson Jeffcoat worked in his spot, opposite Tristan Okpalaugo. The club does still have Canadian Trent Corney on the roster and Shayon Green, an import, on the practice squad as defensive-end options.

Westerman?s absence will affect the ratio if Jeffcoat does indeed start or leave the team thin behind Corney if they opt to continue to start a Canadian at the position.

But Westerman offers so much more beyond what he brings to the field. He is a respected leader in the dressing room and a standard bearer for his defensive linemates.

That role won?t change, he insists, even while sidelined.

?I?ll approach it the same way,? he said. ?I?ll go to meetings. I?ll watch film and try to find tendencies? it?s the same thing I would do in any week, except now I?m not doing it for myself. Now I?m doing it for Trent, for Jackson, for Tristan, for Shayon and the entire D-line group.



?Maybe I can offer something to help those guys play faster and make a big play. That?s how I have to be accountable now. That?s the only way I can contribute at this moment.?

?Then we?ll see what happens after the season.?

That is an interesting question for the offseason, as Westerman is a pending free agent after this year. But in the interim, he?s trying to move on mentally after the shock of being shut down for the campaign.

?I?ve never been a ?why me?? person,? said Westerman. ?Nobody asks ?why me?? when you?re making a sack, or a big play that helps win a game. You have to learn to take the good with the bad and just try and look for the positive in something like this.

?It?s not like I wasn?t in shape or wasn?t doing the work in the weight room or something like that. It?s just a freak thing that happened.

?Now my approach is, ?All right, this happened. What do I have to do to get back out there?? You have to look at like that? I don?t want to be locked in my room sitting in the darkness screaming ?Why me?!?

?Look, I?m not going to downplay it. It sucks to be injured. But I?ll find other ways to contribute.?
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2017, 07:29:01 PM »

Wow...that's hurts big time!  Looks like a chance for Corney to make an impression, or will we start booth Okpalaugo and Jeffcoat at each end? 
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2017, 07:29:35 PM »

upper body injury...

what happened?  does anyone know?
Suffered an upper body injury in the Banjo Bowl. 
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2017, 07:30:33 PM »

Andy Mulumba time?? 
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2017, 07:31:03 PM »

Wow...that's hurts big time!  Looks like a chance for Corney to make an impression, or will we start booth Okpalaugo and Jeffcoat at each end? 

not sure Corney is ready for prime time...like Jeffcoat in there for sure...gotta muck with the ratio a bit then
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2017, 07:32:33 PM »

To complicate things, Westerman is a free agent this offseason. 
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2017, 07:36:29 PM »

Darrin Bauming‏ @DarrinBauming  1m1 minute ago
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 Jamaal Westerman was literally jumping around and waving his arms in the air at #Bombers practice today. Makes you wonder...



odd??
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2017, 07:37:21 PM »

To complicate things, Westerman is a free agent this offseason. 

I guess how he rehabs will decide if they re-sign him...  I can't see them not bringing him back if he is going to be 100%.

It will be interesting to see how much time Corney gets from this.  We still have 4 Nats starting on O, leaving 3 for D.  Loffler and Hurl, with Thomas/Ekakitie or Corney rotating in is fine...  not a huge issue, yet...
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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2017, 07:44:31 PM »

Darrin Bauming‏ @DarrinBauming  1m1 minute ago
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 Jamaal Westerman was literally jumping around and waving his arms in the air at #Bombers practice today. Makes you wonder...



odd??
I have a feeling this is Andy Mulumba related and there's more to this story...
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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2017, 07:47:01 PM »

Westerman's a big loss, both from a player quality and a ratio standpoint. I don't think Corney can provide anywhere near the same level so I expect we will have to change the ratio and use Jeffcoat. Biggest injury we've had this season so far IMO.
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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2017, 07:52:02 PM »

I have a feeling this is Andy Mulumba related and there's more to this story...
In what way?
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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2017, 07:53:14 PM »

But why would they lie to sign a guy and have Westerman fake injury, he'd want to play.. not sit for no reason.  So I'm confused why ppl r speculating. Help me understand lol

If love andy mulmuba tho
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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2017, 07:54:01 PM »

I have a feeling this is Andy Mulumba related and there's more to this story...

There is no way in this universe that this is "Andy Mulumba" related.  Other than the fact it makes chasing Mulumba a higher priority.
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