A month ago, Justin Palardy’s CFL career looked like it could be over, but yesterday, the former Saint Mary’s standout was named starting place-kicker for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Palardy, who started the season as a punter with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but was cut after five games, initially joined the Bombers in mid-August as a temporary injury fill-in for Louie Sakoda.

But Sakoda, now healthy, was released yesterday after Palardy, who has made seven of eight field-goal attempts, wrenched the job away from him.

“Justin’s kicked very well for us,” Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice told the Winnipeg Sun. “He’s working to get better at his kickoffs, but his field goals have been very good. He’s put himself in a position to stay on the roster. I don’t even know if Louie would’ve kicked this week.”

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