Winnipeg Blue Bombers Breaking News: Barrin Simpson Out, Ryan Dinwiddie In

Chris AllenSenior Analyst IJuly 21, 2008

Fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, just when we thought this season couldn't go any worse, it did. Today, Blue Bombers coach Doug Berry held a press conference and there was some very bad news, and some hopefully good news. I have decided to save the best for last, and start with the bad news.

During the Blue Bombers game against the BC Lions, Barrin Simpson, one of the Bombers' defensive leaders, injured his pectoral muscle while tackling Clarence Coleman. Simpson sat out the rest of the game with an ice bag on around his arm.

An MRI on Monday confirmed the worries—Simpson does have a torn pectoral muscle from the fourth quarter tackle and will have to have season-ending surgery. Simpson has been placed on the nine-week injured reserve list. This is a first for Simpson, who has never missed a game in his CFL career.

Now for the good news. Doug Berry also anounced that Ryan Dinwiddie will be starting this Friday night in Winnipeg against the Calgary Stampeders. Dinwiddie has had only one other CFL start, in the Grey Cup game last year. This happened after Kevin Glenn broke his arm in a sidelining injury.

This time, however, Glenn is not injured. The Bombers are going into a game against the 3-1 Calgary Stampeders as the only winless team in the CFL at 0-4, and are looking for a boost with Dinwiddie starting. If this doesn't work, I could only guess they might send a phone call to QB Micheal Bishop.

The Bombers play host to Calgary this Thursday in Winnipeg. Lets hope they can finally get something going with a new QB starting. I must admit though, as a Bombers fan, it was weird to see "Backup Quarterback" under Kevin Glenn's name on Global News's interview with him tonight.

Blue Bomber Notes: Duncan O'Mahony has been released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.