Blue Bombers roster - 2023-2024

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2024-06-09   WPG   JONES, Tony   LB   A   Texas Tech   ADD   Practice Roster
2024-06-09   WPG   FELTMATE, Bailey   LB   N   Acadia   ADD   Practice Roster
2024-06-09   WPG   LAWLER, Kenny   WR   A   California   TRF TO SIX GAME INJURY   Six Game Injury
2024-06-09   WPG   Samson, Kyle   DL   N   UBC   TRF TO PRACTICE ROSTER   Practice Roster
2024-06-09   WPG   JOHNSON, Josh   WR   A   Tulsa   ADD FROM PRACTICE ROSTER   Game Roster
2024-06-09   WPG   Gemmel, Jeremiah   LB   A   North Carolina   DEL   Game Roster


FYI: Keric Wheatfall had himself a day on Monday while working with the starting offence in the spot usually held by Kenny Lawler who, by the way, watched practice while sporting a cast on his fractured right arm. "He's had a great camp," said Pierce of Wheatfall. "It's always a big jump coming up to the CFL for the first time and learning the nuances of the game. His physical tools... he's extremely gifted and you can see the confidence building with him."... RB Brady Oliveira did not practice for a second straight day, with most of his workload being handled by veteran Johnny Augustine... DB Redha Kramdi was back at his post after missing practice on Sunday.


JUNE 11, 2024  Ed Tait

THE BRADY WATCH: Blue Bombers head coach Mike O'Shea confirmed that RB Brady Oliveira did not practice on Tuesday — remember, the session was closed to the media — and when asked if that meant he would be out for Thursday's game in Ottawa or 'TBD', to be determined, he chose option #2.

"He didn't practice a lot of camp either, so..." said O'Shea. "We'll see. We have more time than just before the game. We'll look at what goes on tonight and tomorrow morning and we'll see. I'm going to ask him tonight how he's feeling, I'm going to ask him tomorrow morning and then we'll figure out what goes on from there."

Oliveira, FYI, is listed as questionable on the latest injury report:

Darrin Bauming   @DarrinBauming
#Bombers & #RedBlacks issue their final injury reports ahead of Thursday's tilt in Ottawa. I highlighted a few notables who will be out.


Game 2:

John Hodge  @JohnDHodge
Brady Oliveira is OUT tomorrow vs. Ottawa, according to the team's depth chart.

Johnny Augustine will get the start.

Ed Tait  @EdTaitWFC
No Brady Oliveira or Kenny Lawler tomorrow for the @Wpg_BlueBombers

Adam Bighill returns

Derek Taylor  @DTonOB
The big Bombers news for Thursday is no Brady Oliveira.
It'll be Johnny Augustine and rookie Michael Chris-Ike at RB vs. Ottawa.
Adam Bighill returns and Bombers dress only 6 DL are notable.

Jeff Hamilton  @jeffkhamilton
The Blue Bombers will be without RB Brady Oliveira (1 game) and receiver Kenny Lawler (6 game) for their Week 2 matchup against the Ottawa Redblacks. Johnny Augustine in for Oliveira; Keric Wheatfall for Lawler.



2024-06-12   WPG   FELTMATE, Bailey   LB   N   Acadia   ADD FROM PRACTICE ROSTER   Game Roster
2024-06-12   WPG   WHEATFALL, Keric   WR   A   Fresno State   ADD FROM PRACTICE ROSTER   Game Roster
2024-06-12   WPG   JOHNSON, Josh   WR   A   Tulsa   TRF TO PRACTICE ROSTER   Practice Roster
2024-06-12   WPG   OLIVEIRA, Brady   RB   N   North Dakota   TRF TO SINGLE GAME INJURY   Single Game Injury
2024-06-12   WPG   BIGHILL, Adam   LB   A   Central Washington   ADD FROM SIX GAME INJURY   Game Roster
2024-06-12   WPG   Woods, Jamal   DL   A   Illinois   TRF TO PRACTICE ROSTER   Practice Roster



The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following transactions:

Added to practice roster:
American running back/returner Chris Smith (5-9, 194, Louisiana-Lafayette)
American defensive lineman Ali Fayad (6-2, 250, Western Michigan)

Transferred to six-game injured list
American defensive lineman Celestin Haba
American defensive lineman Miles Fox

Bombers bring back preseason returner standout Chris Smith, one other
By 3Down Staff -June 15, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have brought back a couple of players who were injured in training camp, including returner Chris Smith.

The rookie running back was cut due to injury despite returning a punt 109 yards for a touchdown in Winnipeg's second preseason game. He has remained around the team while receiver Myron Mitchell has handled return duties in the interim.

The five-foot-nine, 194-pound speedster played five seasons at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, rushing 373 times for 2,167 yards and 16 touchdowns, catching 52 passes for 410 yards and three scores, and tossing a major on his lone pass attempt. He also returned 66 kicks for 1,556 yards and two touchdowns, earning first-team All-American honours in 2020.

The Bombers also brought back American defensive end Ali Fayad, who was released on May 12.

The six-foot-two, 250-pound defender dressed for four games with the Toronto Argonauts in 2022 and recorded four defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, and one sack. He previously played five seasons at Western Michigan University, where he was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2021. In 52 career games for the Broncos, he tallied 154 tackles, 51 for loss, 30 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

In a corresponding move, Winnipeg has placed defensive tackle Miles Fox and defensive end Celestin Haba on the six-game injured.

Haba started the first two games of the season, recording one tackle. He played eight games as a rookie in 2023, collecting 12 tackles, four sacks, and a forced fumble.

Fox joined the Bombers late last season after a stint with the B.C. Lions and also recorded one tackle in two starts to begin the year. In seven CFL games, he has posted seven tackles and a sack.



2024-06-16   WPG   FAYAD, Ali   DL   A   Western Michigan   ADD   Practice Roster
2024-06-15   WPG   SMITH, Chris   RB   A   Louisiana At Lafayette   ADD   Practice Roster
2024-06-15   WPG   Woods, Jamal   DL   A   Illinois   ADD FROM PRACTICE ROSTER   Game Roster
2024-06-15   WPG   HABA, Celestin   DL   A   Texas A&M Commerce   TRF TO SIX GAME INJURY   Six Game Injury
2024-06-15   WPG   Samson, Kyle   DL   N   UBC   ADD FROM PRACTICE ROSTER   Game Roster
2024-06-15   WPG   FAYAD, Ali   DL   A   Western Michigan   DEL   Practice Roster
2024-06-15   WPG   FOX, Miles   DL   A   Wake Forest   TRF TO SIX GAME INJURY   Six Game Injury


JUNE 17, 2024   Ed Tait

FYI: RB Brady Oliveira, WR Dalton Schoen, LB Kyrie Wilson and DB Deatrick Nichols did not practice on Monday. Oliveira did some light running before the session; Schoen was resting on Day 1 of the practice week while Sergio Castillo handled the punting chores for Jamieson Sheahan... On the weekend the club re-signed DE Ali Fayad and RB/KR Chris Smith, both of whom were dinged in training camp. O'Shea on the defence losing three players in the Ottawa game due to injury in Nichols, and DL Celestin Haba and Miles Fox, both now on the six-game injured list: "It was unusual, sure. I think I'd have to look really hard to find another game like that — I'm sure it happened, I just don't remember when. I also think that we were right there at the end with an opportunity and then another opportunity (to win it)."

TIMING IS EVERYTHING: Smith and Myron Mitchell were handling some of the return chores on Monday. If you recall, Smith had a 109-yard punt return touchdown in the preseason, but was also injured in that game and released. He's healthy now and back, but O'Shea won't say publicly if they are contemplating a change with the return game.


JUNE 18, 2024   Ed Tait

FYI: RB Brady Oliveira and DB Deatrick Nichols did not practice on Tuesday, but WR Dalton Schoen and LB Kyrie Wilson were back at work. Asked specifically about Oliveira, O'Shea said: "He's working extremely hard and making a lot of progress so we'll see where that lands him."... RB Chris Smith has been busy since his return, getting more work with Oliveira out and sharing some kick return duties with Myron Mitchell. O'Shea on Smith's readiness and possible return to the lineup: "I still think there's a difference between in shape enough to practice and then what goes on in a game but I like what I've seen so far. He certainly seems like he stayed on top of his stuff, too, which is important."... Defensive tackle Devin Adams, who handled punting chores during his days at Peru State and Delaware State, took a few reps kicking the ball at practice Tuesday. He's no Jamieson Sheahan or Bob Cameron, but he did launch a few, which drew hoots and hollers from his teammates. "There's not much that guy can't do," said O'Shea. "In fact, Id have to think really hard about what we wouldn't ask him to do on a football field. He's been not only good, he's been fun to have around. He's fired up on a daily basis."



2024-06-17   WPG   Hubert, Owen   DL   N   McMaster   ADD FROM PRACTICE ROSTER   Game Roster
2024-06-17   WPG   CHARBONNEAU, Max   LB   N   Ottawa   TRF TO PRACTICE ROSTER   Practice Roster


Game 3:

Ed Tait   @EdTaitWFC
Six changes to the @Wpg_BlueBombers roster. On are RB Brady Oliveira (listed behind Augustine), RB/KR Chris Smith, DEs Ali Fayad, Owen Hubert, DT Jamal Woods, DB Michael Griffin. Off: DB Deatrick Nichols, DE Celestin Haba, DT Miles Fox, WR/KR Myron Mitchell, LB Max Charbonneau, FB Michael Chris-Ike

Jeff Hamilton   @jeffkhamilton
Bombers depth chart and roster ahead of Friday's home game against the B.C Lions.

Brady Oliveira draws back in, but is listed as the No. 2 behind Johnny Augustine. With injuries to Celestin Haba and Miles Fox, Jamal Woods starts, w/ Ali Fayad and Owen Hubert also in. No Nichols.

Derek Taylor   @DTonOB
Oh the changes for the Bombers for tomorrow vs. BC.
Brady Oliveira is in! Rookie Michael Chris-Ike comes off in favour of Bailey Feltmate.
No Deatrick Nichols (injury).
DE Ali Fayad makes his Bombers debut.
And more!

Taylor Allen   @TaylorAllen31
Here's how the #Bombers will line up tomorrow against the #BCLions.

Brady Oliveira is in but listed as a backup to Johnny Augustine.

Chris Smith taking over for Myron Mitchell at returner.

Marquise Bridges filling in for an injured Deatrick Nichols.

Darrin Bauming   @DarrinBauming
Sounds like Oliveira (knee) will be a game-time decision for the #Bombers. While he is there and working, he has not participated in practice in two weeks now.

Jeff Hamilton   @jeffkhamilton
Brady Oliveira will start as the backup to Johnny Augustine against the B.C. Lions on Friday. Oliveira says he's good to go, coach Mike O'Shea is concerned with his lack of practice so far this year and wants to ease him in. Oliveira will play, we'll just have to see how much.

Darrin Bauming   @DarrinBauming
Clarity via Hammer... Oliveira is an "in-game" decision this week.

Bob Irving   @BobIrvingCJOB
4 rookie starters on defence(5 if you count Ford who isn't a rookie but is new to starting). Never a good thing.

John Hodge   @JohnDHodge
Winnipeg Blue Bombers list RB Brady Oliveira as backup vs. B.C. Lions

Winnipeg Blue Bombers  @Wpg_BlueBombers
How we're lining up Friday at home.

Lions without Canadian REC Jevon Cottoy for matchup with Bombers

The B.C. Lions will be without hulking Canadian receiver Jevon Cottoy for Friday's matchup with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The six-foot-five, 230-pound target has been a staple of the Lions' starting lineup since 2019, hauling in 187 receptions for 2,312 yards and 11 touchdowns in 68 career games. He missed practice all of this week with a hamstring injury and has been placed on the one-game injured list.

In Cottoy's absence, American receiver Stanley Berryhill III will make his CFL debut. The 26-year-old caught five passes for 66 yards in two preseason games this year. He previously recorded 139 catches for 1,477 yards and nine touchdowns over a four-year career at the University of Arizona, before suiting up in four games for the Detroit Lions without recording a catch. His NFL career came to an end in 2023 following a gambling suspension.

Also drawing into the lineup to fulfill ratio requirements is rookie Canadian receiver Kieran Poissant, who is also a product of the CJFL like Cottoy.

Defensively, veteran Ciante Evans will return to his regular field halfback spot after missing last week due to a non-football-related matter. Ronald Kent Jr., who recorded seven tackles in his absence against Calgary, has been placed on the practice roster, as has American linebacker Ayinde Eley.

First-round draft pick George Una continues to be the team's only healthy scratch. Fellow Canadian offensive linemen Michael Couture (back) and David Knevel (foot) have both been upgraded to the six-game injured list after spending last week on the one-game.

The B.C. Lions (1-1) will visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-2) on Friday, June 21 with kickoff slated for 8:30 p.m. EDT.

Your #BCLions week 3 depth chart is in

Here's how we will line up tomorrow night in Winnipeg:



2024-06-20   WPG   FAYAD, Ali   DL   A   Western Michigan   ADD FROM PRACTICE ROSTER   Game Roster
2024-06-20   WPG   NICHOLS, Deatrick   DB   A   South Florida   TRF TO SINGLE GAME INJURY   Single Game Injury
2024-06-20   WPG   GRIFFIN II, Michael   DB   A   South Dakota State   ADD FROM PRACTICE ROSTER   Game Roster
2024-06-20   WPG   Samson, Kyle   DL   N   UBC   TRF TO PRACTICE ROSTER   Practice Roster
2024-06-20   WPG   OLIVEIRA, Brady   RB   N   North Dakota   ADD FROM SINGLE GAME INJURY   Game Roster
2024-06-20   WPG   MITCHELL, Myron   WR   A   Alabama Birmingham   TRF TO PRACTICE ROSTER   Practice Roster
2024-06-20   WPG   SMITH, Chris   RB   A   Louisiana At Lafayette   ADD FROM PRACTICE ROSTER   Game Roster
2024-06-20   WPG   Chris-Ike, Michael   RB   N   Delaware State   TRF TO PRACTICE ROSTER   Practice Roster


Blue Bombers Transactions - June 24, 2024

WINNIPEG, MB., June 24, 2024 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following transactions:

Added to practice roster:

American receiver Ravi Alston (6-3, 210, Montana State)


Winnipeg Blue Bombers bring back Ravi Alston to aid ailing receiving corps
By 3Down Staff -June 24, 2024

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have bolstered their receiving corps amid a rash of injuries, bringing back Ravi Alston.

The six-foot-three, 203-pound native of Lake Elsinore, Calif. joined the team midway through the 2023 season and made one start, though he didn't record any statistics. He was released partway through training camp last month.

The 25-year-old made 27 catches for 398 yards and one touchdown at Montana State University in 2022, finishing as the team's second-leading receiver. He previously played at St. John's University.

Kenny Lawler remains on Winnipeg's six-game injured list with a fractured arm, while Dalton Schoen and Keric Wheatfall left last week's loss to the B.C. Lions with non-contact injuries and did not return. As of the publishing of this article, the team has yet to formally update the status of either player.


JUNE 24, 2024   Ed Tait

Memo to Lady Doom, or whatever evil deity has decided to bring all this misfortune to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of late: back off, please and thanks, because it's June and the club's infirmary is already overloaded with star power.

Head coach Mike O'Shea confirmed the worst fears of everyone in Bomberland after practice Monday, indicating that receivers Dalton Schoen and Keric Wheatfall will be lost for an extended period.

On Schoen, the club's leading receiver in each of the last two seasons: "It's going to be a while. The injury report is going to come out later in the day and he'll be on the six-game. We'll see after that but it'll be a while."

And on Wheatfall, the promising rookie who had made the last two starts: "He'll probably be a little while, too... I don't know how long that will be but...  not short."

Schoen and Wheatfall join a six-game injured list that already includes Kenny Lawler from the receiving group as well as four projected starting defensive linemen in Cam Lawson, Celestin Haba, Miles Fox and TyJuan Garbutt along with defensive backs Jake Kelly, Jamal Parker and Noah Hallett.

The Blue Bombers brought back receiver Ravi Alston, who was with the club for chunks of last season and in camp this year before being injured, and Monday's practice featured Nic Demski, Drew Wolitarsky, Ontaria Wilson, Jeremy Murphy and Joshua Johnson among the receiver group, along with Kevens Clercius and Myron Mitchell.