Defensive coordinator Richie Hall returns to the Bombers following passing of his brother

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive coordinator Richie Hall has returned to the club after mourning the loss of his brother.

Hall was excused for the Bombers’ loss in Week 17 to Saskatchewan and win versus Montreal during Week 18. Winnipeg allowed 21 and 24 points in each game respectively.

“I know what I miss personally, I rely on Ritchie a lot. I sit in his office several times a week just checking things out with him. He’s been a very good coach for a long time, but he’s a wonderful human being,” head coach Mike O’Shea said.

“When you take that out of the building for a little bit the guys notice and everybody misses it.”

The 58-year-old San Antonio, Texas native had been with his family grieving the loss of his sibling. Hall was hired by Winnipeg in 2015 for the defensive coordinator role. He’s been in the CFL since 1983 as a player with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and transitioned to coaching in 1994 on the Riders staff.

The Bombers are preparing to face Calgary in back-to-back weeks which in all likelihood will decide the West Division regular season title.

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