No surprise as Bombers reduce roster ahead of final preseason game

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers released six players and signed two new ones on Sunday, two days before they play their final CFL preseason game.

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After losing 30-20 to the Edmonton Elks at home on Friday night, the Bombers returned to the field on Sunday to practice for Tuesday’s preseason final in Regina against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Defensive backs Mike Hampton, Evan Holm and Marlon Character, wide receiver Keyion Dixon and defensive linemen Will Evans and Alfred Green, all Americans, were no longer part of the group.

Holm was the only player in the squad to stand out in Friday’s pre-season game and it was for the wrong reason. He let a punt slip through his hands and couldn’t pick up the ball, despite some time, allowing the Elks to recover at the Winnipeg 39-yard line. They scored a touchdown four plays later.

The Bombers added American offensive lineman Cameron Durley and Canadian defensive end Rossinni Sandjong to the roster.

Durley is 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds and comes to Tennessee State University.

Sandjong was drafted by the Edmonton Elks (seventh round, 59e overall in 2020) and played in five CFL games last season, but was a free agent when the Bombers signed him. He is 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, and was an American sports star with the York Lions.

CFL teams had to cut back to 75 players the day after their first preseason game. The Bombers still have 93 players on their roster, but a significant number of them are Canadian draft picks (non-blockers) or injured.

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