Martin's knee problem causes quiet panic

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were breathing a sigh of relief after a quiet panic concerning the knee problem experienced by quarterback Tee Martin last week.

"Yeah, we kind of kept that under wraps," Bomber GM Brendan Taman admitted yesterday. "We were all concerned. When the team went to Edmonton, I wasn't sure if he'd even be able to play this Thursday. But since then, it's come around nicely. He was pain-free (yesterday)."

Martin, 26, had the knee scoped when he was still in college nine years ago and the problem flared up for the first time last week.

"Sometimes, you get wear and tear," he said.

"Sometimes, little pieces chip off. Sometimes, it gets a little rough under the kneecap and I think that was the situation with my knee. There's nothing floating around where I have to go in and get it scoped.

"It's just a little roughness under there. It's something that I can try to help through treatment, pain management and all that stuff. We're going to be smart about it. If there's some irritation, I'm going to step back a little bit. If not, then I'm going to go full speed."

But Martin is scheduled to play against the Edmonton Eskimos when they come to town for another exhibition match Thursday.

'FLYING AROUND'

"Tee saw the doctors, got clearance, went through every little push and pull and twist test that they do and he felt better about it then," said head coach Jim Daley. "After (Sunday's) practice and treatment and treatment (yesterday) before practice, he was really confident of it and was flying around with a smile on his face. If a player's confident in his leg, he will play with confidence and that's how Tee performed (yesterday). It's always a concern but in this case, we alleviated the concern by making sure, in his mind, it's a safe thing."

SHELLING OUT: The Bombers are expected to announce that veteran SB Milt (Turtle Man) Stegall has signed an extension to the contract that was reportedly paying him about $180,000 per annum this afternoon. The club's all-time leading pass catcher was entering his option year.

HASHMARKS: Although injured RB Cory Olynick has officially retired, you can expect to see him back with the Bombers down the road, Taman indicated ... The Bombers still needed to pare three players off the roster last night ... Taman is intrigued by some players on the CFL waiver wire but is unlikely to send for any of them until after Thursday's game. He is not, however, interested in former Eskimo DL Albert Reese or Montreal WR Darnell MacDonald ... The exhibition game in Halifax between Toronto and Hamilton drew 352,000 viewers ... Harlequin will be featured in a post-game concert on Thursday.


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