Veteran receiver Romby Bryant admits he wondered whether his career had come to an end when he was cut by the Toronto Argonauts.

Instead, it has come full circle for the 34-year-old as he starts Thursday in place of the injured Aaron Kelly for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Bryant had a career record 1,206 yards with the Bombers in his 2008 debut season, was traded to Calgary in 2009 and spent three more years there before ending up in Toronto last season.

The Bombers also added a new quarterback to their roster, Josh Portis, picked up in a trade for a conditional draft pick from the Argonauts where he spent last season as a backup.

Coach Mike O'Shea says they looked at their roster and decided it was thin behind starter Drew Willy at quarterback and didn't include any backups with CFL experience.

But he says the addition of Portis doesn't mean they're unhappy with the play of current backups Brian Brohm and Robert Marve.