Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ receiver Greg Ellingson was a full participant in practice on Monday and appears to have fully recovered from injuries to his hip and foot that held him out of the club’s past seven games.
The four-time divisional all-star indicated in an interview with the media that he feels ready to play in the team’s regular season finale against the B.C. Lions on Friday.
Ellingson was the CFL’s leader in receptions and receiving yards when he first suffered a hip injury in mid-July. He returned to the lineup for one game in mid-August before being placed on the six-game injured list. He has not dressed for a regular season game since.
The veteran receiver joined the Blue Bombers as a free agent in February following a two-year stint with the Edmonton Elks. He has made 37 catches for 572 yards and three touchdowns on the year and remains the club’s fourth-leading receiver despite dressing for only seven games this season.
Canadian receiver Drew Wolitarsky returned to practice after spending the past month recovering from a knee injury. He’s unsure if he will play this week but indicated that he’s ready to do so if called upon. The five-year veteran has caught 48 passes for 462 yards and one touchdown over 13 games this season.
Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat was a full participant in practice after missing three games due to a hip injury, while boundary halfback Deatrick Nichols returned after missing last week due to personal reasons.
Chris Kolankowski, the team’s starting centre, missed practice after sustaining a knee injury in Winnipeg’s loss to the B.C. Lions in Week 19. Canadian receiver Nic Demski also did not participate in practice due to a calf injury.
The Blue Bombers (14-3) will host the B.C. Lions (12-5) on Friday in their final regular season game of the year. The contest does not mean anything in the standings as the two teams have clinched first and second place in the West Division, respectively.