Bombers bench do-it-all weapon Greg McCrae for Banjo Bowl

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers roster will be largely unchanged for Saturday’s Banjo Bowl rematch with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, save for one key demotion.

Do-it-all offensive weapon Greg McCrae has been returned to the practice roster due to a plateau in production. The 25-year-old college running back has appeared in nine games this season, rushing 17 times for 105 yards and catching 10 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown. He has also returned 11 kickoffs for 214 yards and 21 punts for 203 more.

However, the five-foot-10, 180-pound speedster has not seen his role in the offensive expand beyond that of a gadget player. His kick return duties will be handled by defensive back Jamal Parker for a second straight week, while Canadian rookie Jeremy Murphy will dress for receiving depth.

The only other change to the Bombers’ lineup is the return of backup linebacker Malik Clements, who bumps fullback Konner Burtenshaw back to the practice roster.

Still on the six-game injured list for this week are linebackers Jared Beeksma and Shayne Gauthier, defensive backs Alden Darby and Desmond Lawrence, defensive end Thiadric Hansen, fullback Mike Miller and returner Janarion Grant.

The Bombers (9-3) will host the Riders (6-5) on Saturday, September 9 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Saskatchewan pulled off a 32-30 overtime upset of Winnipeg in the Labour Day Classic last week.

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