Bombers set for first flight of season

The CFL introduced new COVID-19 protocols at the beginning of the week.There’s now even more incentive to get vaccinated as fully vaxxed players and staff don’t have to wear masks outdoors and can now partake in some social activities such as visiting restaurants with other fully vaccinated teammates, family, and friends. If a team has 85 per cent of their team vaccinated, all members, including non-vaccinated, are allowed to eat together inside a private hotel banquet room on the road. As of late last week, no team was at 85 per cent.”It’s good news. We’re ready to adjust with whatever restrictions are thrown at us,” said Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros on Wednesday. “We’re kind of being cautiously optimistic that things stay the way that they are. I guess things have loosened up a little bit, but you know, we still have to take care of each other and make sure we’re being smart about things. That’s priority No. 1 for us to make sure we’re all on the field.”Collaros was asked if the new rules could be an incentive to the individuals that are reluctant to get their shots.

“I think everybody has their own choices to make and I’m not sure what’s going to sway a person or not sway a person. I think those things are totally up to the individual,” he said.The Bombers play in Toronto on Saturday against the Argos. It’ll be the first time the team has boarded a plane together since they came home from the 2019 Grey Cup game in Calgary. This season, the Bombers will be taking charter flights to away games in order to avoid contact with the general public. You’d think that’d be music to the ears of players, but Collaros will miss those commercial flights.”I argue on the side of flying commercial because you get to know your teammates better. You’re waiting for a flight in the airport, you go have a beer with a guy at the bar from the defensive side that you typically wouldn’t see,” he said. “I feel like over the years, especially when (I played) in Hamilton, we would fly commercial a lot and that was an opportunity for us to get to know each other as opposed to sometimes chartering your flight, sometimes you already have your headphones on and you go right to your seat.”HARRIS MOVING AROUNDRunning back Andrew Harris is starting to be a lot more active at practice these days. Harris, who’s been sidelined for the first two weeks with a calf injury, was limited, but was moving around and participated in some drills on Wednesday.”I enjoyed watching him,” said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea.

“I’m sure the entire team enjoyed watching him out there.”

ARBUCKLE TIMEThe Argos announced McLeod Bethel-Thompson will sit on Saturday and Nick Arbuckle will get the start at quarterback. It will be Arbuckle’s first career start for the Boatmen. In limited work in 2019 with the Calgary Stampeders, Arbuckle tossed 11 touchdowns, five interceptions and completed 174 of 238 passing attempts for a total of 2,103 yards. Arbuckle has previous experience with Argos head coach Ryan Dinwiddie as Dinwiddie used to be the quarterbacks coach for the Stamps.”(Arbuckle) gets rid of the ball very quickly, very efficient at quarterback. That tells me he reads coverages very well and it speaks to his football IQ and his football intelligence as far as understanding the way defences move,” said Bombers defensive backs coach Jordan Younger.

“So, when you line up against a guy like that you have to be really sharp and because he gets the ball out so quickly you have to tackle well.”taylor.allen@freepress.mb.caTwitter: @TaylorAllen31

Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

Eighteen years old and still in high school, Taylor got his start with the Free Press on June 1, 2011. Well, sort of.

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