Bombers release 2, add 2

From the Bombers website:

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have released import linebacker Joe Lobendahn, the team announced today.

“It is with sincere disappointment that we make this move today as Joe has been nothing but a professional in his time with Winnipeg and has always been a fierce competitor and an exemplary leader on and off the field,? said Vice-President and General Manager Joe Mack. “Unfortunately, due to his past injury history and the projected ratio change on our defence that requires us to start a certain amount of non-imports, we felt this was in the best interest of the Winnipeg Football Club. We thank Joe for everything he has done for the Blue Bombers over the past four seasons and wish him nothing but the best.?

Lobendahn signed with Winnipeg in 2008 and has played in 45 games, registering 180 defensive tackles, 20 special teams tackles, seven sacks and one interception. He missed the majority of last season after tearing his ACL in September.

The Blue Bombers have also released non-import defensive back Jerry-Ralph Jules.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed import receiver Jeremy Blount and import defensive back David Pender Jr.

Blount (5-9, 157, South Dakota, DOB: November 12, 1988 in Tampa, Florida) was an outstanding receiver and returner at South Dakota, totaling 49 receptions for 815 yards and six touchdowns over his four years, while also returning 87 kickoffs for 1,950 yards and one touchdown. A speedster, Blount turned in a time of 4.38 in the 40-yard dash in front of NFL scouts.

Pender (6-0, 172, Purdue, DOB: December 4, 1987 in Jacksonville, Florida) appeared in three games for the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 after being a final cut of the Philadelphia Eagles in training camp. He spent time on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad before being picked up by the Colts. Pender was claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals in December and attended training camp with the team last season, recording four tackles in the preseason before being among the team’s final cuts. A three-year starter at Purdue, Pender recorded 129 career tackles and three interceptions with the Boilermakers and also deflected 33 passes, second behind Steve Jackson’s all-time record of 35.

I don't think it's a surprise that Lobo was released. It's really unfortunate he had so many injuries. When he was healthy he certainly showed he could be a great MLB. Best of luck to Lobo.

Too bad. He was an awesome competitor. It is the opportunity Henoc was waiting for.

We’ll have to wait till TC to see who starts the season - Muamba or Labbe - but either way they will likely rotate in the beginning at least.

Lobo's agent has tweeted that he's signed with the Stamps.