Hope it was good reading

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

Suffice to say that Keith Stokes had his wallet lightened by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

And the CFL may get in on that action, too.

The Bombers were upset by the kick returner/receiver's stunt of pulling a magazine out of a goalpost, then pretending to read it after scoring a touchdown during Winnipeg's loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats two weekends ago.

Head coach Jim Daley does not know what magazine it was.

"It had better have been good reading to be worth the repercussions (fine)," Daley said yesterday.

The CFL is also still looking into the possibility of fining Stokes.

"I just got a little fussin', a little yellin' -- the coach was a little upset about it," Stokes said. "But ... poor judgement. It happens."

Daley had another chat with Stokes before the team's first practice after returning from a week off.

"I pointed out that his comment regarding his showmanship would not have been perceived the same way if we were winning was not an opinion shared by our organization," Daley said. "His action was unacceptable and unprofessional and would not be overlooked by the organization. It had nothing to do with being ahead or behind. The class of the act was not right."

SURPRISE SORRY: Stokes was surprised that CFL director of officiating George Black had apologized for officials missing a blatant unnecessary roughness call when he was clotheslined in the head by Hamilton defensive lineman DeVonte Peterson.

"I guess that means they're going to watch what they do now," Stokes said. "I'm not the man who's going to complain about the officiating or anything like that, but it's been bad ever since I came into this league (2002). So, another bad call is nothing new. It's part of the game. Whatever, it happens."

IMPRESSIVE REHAB: Receiver Kamau Peterson (knee) returned to practice yesterday after missing two games. But the Bombers will check to see whether the knee tightened up overnight.

"Kamau Peterson looked real good," Daley said. "He's been in all week -- every day of our break working out with (athletic therapist) Ross (Hodgkinson). He's done field work, gym work, agility work. He's pushed his knee as hard as he can push it and it showed (yesterday) that he's made a lot of progress."

HASHMARKS: WRs Derrick Smith (groin) and Markus Howell (hamstring) or S Joe Morgan (shoulder) are expected to be able to play this week ... DL Melvin Bradley showed up late for yesterday's practice because his flight was delayed.


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