Tuesday, June 28, 2016
BOMBERS HOPEFUL DRESSLER WILL PLAY IN WEEK 2
The all-star slotback signed a two-year deal with Winnipeg in January reportedly worth $350,000 after being released for financial reasons by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. But after missing most of training camp with an undisclosed ailment Dressler suffered a head injury in the first quarter of the Bombers' season-opening 22-14 loss to Montreal on Friday.
Dressler was back at Investors Group Field on Monday but didn't practise with the Bombers. However, head coach Mike O'Shea is hopeful Dressler will play Friday when Winnipeg visits the Calgary Stampeders.
"It's like anything else,'' O'Shea told reporters. "He shows up every day, sees (Bombers trainer Al Couture) and we'll go from there.''
O'Shea wouldn't say if Dressler had suffered a concussion.
"We don't discuss the specifics of injuries,'' he said.
Dressler, one of GM Kyle Walters' big-name free-agent signings this off-season, had three catches for 22 yards versus Montreal. On his final reception, Dressler was running towards the sideline when he was hit by rookie Alouettes cornerback Ethan Davis.
Both players lowered their head just prior to contact with the impact of the collision knocking Dressler's helmet off.
Dressler spent eight seasons with Saskatchewan, five times surpassing the 1,000-yard receiving plateau. A two-time CFL all-star, the 31-year-old North Dakota native helped the Riders win the '13 Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium.
He amassed 539 career catches for 7,797 yards and 50 touchdowns with Saskatchewan.