Stokes to take hit for stunt

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Keith Stokes will have to face the magazine music when he returns after the bye week for the Blue Bombers.

Winnipeg head coach Jim Daley has said he plans to come down hard on his kick returner for pulling a magazine hidden in a goalpost, then pretending to read it after scoring a touchdown during the 20-13 CFL loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last weekend.

But GM Brendan Taman does not believe that means Stokes will sit when the Bombers play the Eskimos in Edmonton a week from this Sunday.

"I can't really talk for Jim but don't think he's thinking of anything that severe," Taman said yesterday. "Maybe a bit of a bite out his wallet. But it's something we'll do internally."

Daley has returned to his Calgary home but will be back this week.

Stokes, who was apparently surprised that he was even penalized for the incident, left before Taman had a chance to discuss the situation with him Saturday. But Stokes has already admitted publicly that he made a mistake.

The CFL is also looking into the incident, which means it could fine Stokes, too.

REHABBING: Injured non-import receiver Kamau Peterson is determined to get back into the lineup when the Bombers play Edmonton.

"I'm going to spend the time training," he said when the bye week started. "I'm going to be right here in the weight room and on the field trying to get this knee right, then try to win the last two, and I want to be a part of it. I'm hoping I get cleared (to play). That would be earlier than I'm supposed to be.

It's not a vacation

"I'm not counting us out. It's not a vacation time for me. My vacation was the last two weeks when I got hurt and I had to watch. It's a bitter vacation but that's it for me. It's killing me. I can't really watch. I just feel like I'm letting everybody down and everything, and I just can't really live like that."

Canadian cornerback/receiver Markus Howell is also spending the week rehabbing a hamstring pull.

Linebacker Terry Ray (quadriceps) and wide Derrick Smith (groin) also missed the last match.

HASHMARKS: The CFL trade deadline is midnight tonight and Taman is willing to listen to offers. "But I don't foresee anything happening," he said ... The Bombers had yet to hear from the CFL concerning the videotape they submitted of Hamilton's DeVonte Peterson clotheslining Stokes above the shoulder during the game against Hamilton -- which Winnipeg firmly believes was illegal (no penalty was called) ... Although DL Doug Brown had an eye injury checked out before he left town, Taman does not believe it to be serious.


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