WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced Thursday the release of veteran defensive back Korey Banks.
Blue Bombers head coach Mike O'Shea said on Sunday that Banks had requested his release, which led to the team placing him on the suspended list one day later.
"He wasn't willing to accept the role that we had for him for this week," O'Shea told reporters on BlueBombers.com on Sunday.
Banks was acquired January 31, 2014, in a trade with the BC Lions that saw non-import receiver Kito Poblah head to BC. He was injured during training camp, and was placed on the one-game injured list to start the season.
"I don't know that he was healthy enough coming out of camp and into Week 1. So Johnny Sears got reps at that spot, and we decided to go with Johnny for Week 1, and the result we had against Toronto, I don't think it was a really good idea to change our roster around," said O'Shea.
The 2013 season saw Banks register 46 tackles, three special teams tackles, one sack, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. A two-time Grey Cup winner, Banks has played in 163 regular season games, ten playoff games and two Grey Cups.