The juggernaut Winnipeg Blue Bombers just got a little bit more powerful, as the team will have both standout receiver Greg Ellingson and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat back in the lineup for their regular-season finale on Friday.
Ellingson returned to practice this week after a seven-game absence due to a foot injury sustained in mid-August. He suffered the injury in his return from a hip issue and has played just one game since mid-July.
Jeffcoat has been plagued by a hip injury for much of the 2022 season, missing the past three games. He was forced out of the lineup for two games earlier in the year due to the same issue.
Returning in time for the final game of the regular season should allow two of the Bombers’ biggest stars to shake off the rust heading into the playoffs, with Winnipeg having already secured a first-round bye.
Ellingson was the CFL’s leader in receptions and receiving yards when he first suffered a hip injury, recording 37 catches for 572 yards and three touchdowns in just seven games. The four-time all-star joined the Blue Bombers as a free agent in February following a two-year stint with the Edmonton Elks.
In 11 appearances in 2022, Jeffcoat has recorded 18 tackles, three sacks, one interception, and a forced fumble. He was named a CFL all-star for the first time in 2021 when he made 26 defensive tackles, nine sacks, and four forced fumbles over 12 games.
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.