Stegall feeling 'off' after scary hit

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

Milt Stegall was alert and joking yesterday morning about what is believed to be a mild concussion he suffered Thursday night.

That can only be considered good news for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The all-star slotback lost consciousness late in the fourth quarter of Winnipeg's 27-8 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos. He was hit from behind by Eskimos cornerback Davis Sanchez just as a pass was arriving, and he slammed face first into the turf.

He lay motionless for several minutes before eventually making his way, with some help, to the trainer's room.

"I remember running an out route, and the next thing I remember I was in the training room," said Stegall, who didn't think it was a dirty hit. "They say it's a good sign when you can remember everything before and everything after.

"I just can't remember what happened with the hit and walking off the field."

Stegall was checked out by the team doctor yesterday morning. He didn't have a headache, nor did he have concussion symptoms. He did, however, note that he was feeling "a little off."

"He said I'm doing pretty good," Stegall said. "They say they just want to take it day by day and wait and see what happens.

"I don't want to rush anything and say I'm playing this week."

The Bombers host the Calgary Stampeders Thursday night.

"I always say I'm gonna play ... but this is something more than a leg or a knee," he said. "This is actually dealing with the brain, so you don't want to go out there and jeopardize that."

Stegall's wife and son were at Canad Inns Stadium for the game, and they met him in the trainer's room, where he was asked to count back from 100, tell them what day it was and list the months backwards.

"She was kind of frightened, because she's used to seeing me get hit and always getting up," Stegall said of his wife, Darlene. "... She was mad I didn't catch the ball, probably."

OUCH: OL Jermese Jones broke his left hand Thursday but still finished the game.

"He can play with it," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said. "He played the whole second half with it. That's life as an O-lineman. It's just a hand."

BAD TIMING: Daley said WR Scott Cloman might not be back in the starting lineup next week.

Cloman was benched midway through the second quarter after dropping what should have been a sure reception. He was replaced by Jamie Stoddard.

"We have to certainly not rule (Cloman) out totally, but the reality is we've had three games after picking him up late," Daley said. "Our receiving corps needs improvement, and we need more plays out of it.

"So that dropped pass was significant."


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