Stegall passes test, will return to lineup

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

Some good news for beleaguered Winnipeg Blue Bomber fans: Milt Stegall passed his test.

That means the team's all-time leading receiver will be back in the lineup when the Bombers visit Edmonton Friday.

"I did a concussion test and everything was fine," Stegall said.

Stegall was referring to a memory test the Bombers give all players prior to the season.

If a player suffers a concussion, as Stegall did against the Eskimos June 30, he has to take the test again, and score a similar result, in order to be cleared to play.

"You gotta remember shapes and numbers," Stegall explained. "They've got a board with X's and O's and shapes, and then you go out of the room and come back and see if you can remember it all.

"It doesn't matter if you get only 70%, as long as you get the same score you had before."

Despite missing Thursday's 21-15 loss to Calgary, Stegall remains Winnipeg's leading receiver with 98 yards in two games.

DEFENCE FIRST: The Bomber offence is public enemy No. 1 in Winnipeg these days, yet defensive tackle Doug Brown said the defence should have been better Thursday night.

This despite limiting Stamps quarterback Henry Burris to just 209 passing yards and running back Joffrey Reynolds to 81 rushing yards.

"We obviously didn't give up any touchdowns, but at the same time we didn't give our offence enough opportunities to score," Brown said. "We didn't have enough two-and-outs on D. It's one thing to not let them score any touchdowns, but they didn't let us score any touchdowns either.

"It just wasn't enough defensively again. We had an opportunity to take over the game, and it just didn't happen."

OUTSIDE INFLUENCE: Daley said the objectionable conduct penalty the Bombers took for illegal use of electronics was justified.

Winnipeg was tagged with a 10-yard infraction in the third quarter because the scoreboard encouraged the crowd to make noise after Calgary had broken its huddle.

Daley just wishes that officials would call the penalty across the country.

"It was a legitimate call," Daley said. "(But) call it when we're on the road as well, because we went through that in Saskatchewan two weeks ago, and we go through it in B.C. every week. Call it."

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