Bombers get Stegall back

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Milt Stegall remembers heading upfield. After that, it was all a blank for the veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback.

Stegall, 35, hasn't strapped it on since the Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos clashed at CanadInns Stadium back on June 30.

That's the night he took Davis Sanchez's elbow to the back of the head and went down like to ton of bricks after being KO'd by the fourth-quarter hit.

"I remember running the route and the next thing I remember, I was in the training room," said Stegall.

"I don't remember walking off the field. When I saw (the replay), from the angle I saw it at, it didn't look like it was an illegal hit. It was a great hit and just bad timing on my behalf."

Edmonton defensive end Joe Montford is Stegall's off-season training partner in suburban Atlanta.

As Stegall lay motionless on the artificial turf, Montford looked on in stunned silence.

"We're pretty good friends and there were a lot of emotions going on right then," Montford said.

"You want to know that someone you spend a lot of time with and are good friends with is OK.

"He was totally out of it and there was hardly any life in him at the time. Just the tremendous amount of pounding guys take playing this game, you never know what can go on."

Stegall suffered a concussion on the play and sat out last week's loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

Although sidelined for the Bombers-Stamps game, the six-foot-one, 185-pound slot still leads all Winnipeg pass catchers in yards receiving with 98 yards.

And since joining Winnipeg in 1996, Stegall has racked up 1,108 yards receiving on 72 receptions and has 10 TDs in 17 games versus the Esks.

With the Bombers still looking for their first win of the season, Stegall is trying to erase the club's 0-3-0 start from his memory without benefit of a Sanchez hit.

"We can't let what happened in the past affect us, and we can let what's going to happen in the future affect us because we don't know what that's going to bring," he said.


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