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Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Should The Alouettes Consider Being Cautious With Josh Bourke During Training Camp?
Looking back at the 2011 season, one of the key losses that the Montreal Alouettes couldn’t overcome was pectoral injury suffered by Josh Bourke.
In his media session right after the injury the reigning offensive lineman of the year explained his disappointment. Bourke said in 2012, he would come back healthy, stronger, and hungry to help reestablish the Alouettes dominance on the offensive line.
Fast forward to today, with camp less than two weeks away, could head coach Marc Trestman pace Bourke to slowly assimilate him back into his position?
In researching this type of injury, from past experiences professional sports teams tend to ease the player into their role in making sure they do not over exert themselves in getting back into game shape.
Given how taxing and important of a position that Bourke plays, using his arm length to gain leverage in run blocking, or pass protection is instrumental. For the time being it would be imperative that the coaching staff keep an eye on him to make sure he does not go beyond his limits during training camp.
Moreover, given the backup depth at the offensive line position, it would not surprise me if Trestman will chart Bourke’s progression. Thus, keep him limited during the exhibition season to have him ready for their opener on July 1st against the Calgary Stampeders.
Without question Bourke is one of the premier offensive linemen in the CFL, and he should be on his way to reclaiming the top spot. The offensive line would be receiving an added boost with his size, quick feet, and overall skills.
Furthermore, quarterback Anthony Calvillo would be happiest player to feel comfortable knowing he has is blindside protector back in the lineup.
In 2011, injuries derailed any chance of the Alouettes wining their third consecutive Grey Cup. But with Bourke back and healthy, he will be an important element for this offense to be in sync.