Blue Bombers release veterans Dorian Smith, Kent

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers released veteran defensive players Dorian Smith and Clint Kent on Friday.

The two were among 12 players cut by the Bombers as CFL teams must reduce their rosters to 46 players this weekend. Winnipeg opens the 2012 season in Vancouver next Friday in a Grey Cup rematch with the B.C. Lions.

Smith, a six-foot-one, 280-pound defensive lineman, started Winnipeg's first six games of the 2011 season before missing five contests due to injury. Upon his return, he appeared in one more game before spending the remainder of the season as a healthy scratch.

Smith, 26, was entering his fourth season with Winnipeg.

The 28-year-old Kent was entering his fourth CFL season and third with Winnipeg. The five-foot-nine, 201-pound linebacker was voted a team captain in 2011 in just his second year with the Bombers.

He appeared in 16 regular-season games as well as the East Division final and Grey Cup last season, finishing third on the team in tackles (56) with a career-high four sacks.