Winnipeg Blue Bombers list RB Brady Oliveira as backup vs. B.C. Lions

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Brady Oliveira is expected to play against the B.C. Lions on Friday night, though the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have listed him as a backup to Johnny Augustine.

The CFL’s reigning Most Outstanding Canadian missed last week’s game against the Ottawa Redblacks due to a knee injury and didn’t practice this week. He carried the ball 11 times for 38 yards and caught three passes for 17 yards in Winnipeg’s season-opening loss to the Montreal Alouettes, though he didn’t finish the game.

The five-foot-ten, 222-pound native of Winnipeg, Man. was named a league all-star last season after rushing for 1,534 yards and nine touchdowns and making 38 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns, becoming only the fifteenth player in league history to finish a season with over 2,000 yards from scrimmage.

Two-time CFL all-star defensive back Deatrick Nichols has been moved to the one-game injured list due to a shoulder injury with Marquise Bridges expected to start in his place. Defensive linemen Celestin Haba and Miles Fox, both of whom left last week’s game against Ottawa, have also come off the roster and been added to the six-game injured list.


Winnipeg has made several other roster changes with rookies Michael Chris-Ike, Max Charbonneau, and Myron Mitchell being moved to the practice roster.

Michael Griffin, a former member of the Calgary Stampeders, will dress in a depth role in the secondary, while defensive linemen Jamal Woods and Owen Hubert were called up from the practice roster. Ali Fayad, who was brought back this week after being cut during training camp, will also dress in a depth role off the edge.

Chris Smith, who returned a punt for a touchdown during the preseason, will make his regular season debut with the Blue Bombers as a return specialist. He was a surprise cut following training camp, though it was later reported that he was released after suffering a minor injury.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-2) will host the B.C. Lions (1-1) on Friday, June 21 with kickoff slated for 8:30 p.m. EDT.

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John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.