Stegall ready to get hit again

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Milt Stegall doesn't know for sure if he's completely healed from his concussion.

"I guess we'll find out once I take a hit," the Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback said yesterday. "That's the only way you find out."

Stegall was knocked cold by Edmonton Eskimos cornerback Davis Sanchez late in Winnipeg's 27-8 loss two weeks ago at Canad Inns Stadium.

Stegall was about to catch a pass when Sanchez levelled him from behind with a clean hit. The next thing Stegall remembered was being in the trainer's room. He sat out last week's 21-15 loss to the Calgary Stampeders but will return to the lineup tonight against the Eskimos.

He's hoping to help the Bombers land in the win column for the first time in 2005.

"A win resolves everything," Stegall said. "It resolves all the stuff the media can say, all the fans, my wife, everybody else's wives and whoever.

"You go out there and win the game and have a great game, and that will resolve all that."

NOT-SO-GENTLE JEANTY: That smacking sound you hear is Rashad Jeanty licking his chops.

The Edmonton Eskimos defensive end, who is second in the CFL with four sacks, knows he's going up against yet another new-look Bombers offensive line tonight.

Aaron Fiacconi, who was involved in last Sunday's trade that sent Dave Mudge to Montreal, will make his Winnipeg debut at centre and call the signals for the much-maligned O-line.

"(Having spent only) a week together, I don't think they're going to get the job done," Jeanty said. "But I'm pretty sure they did a lot to work on what they gotta do in order for them to make their calls and things of that nature."

Bombers head coach Jim Daley made a promise yesterday regarding his hogs.

"We have rebuilt an O-line that is going to become a very effective group in terms of protecting the passer and establishing a running game," Daley said.

LATE HITS: Vinny Sutherland and Kamau Peterson will start at wide receiver for Winnipeg, which relegates Jamie Stoddard to a backup slotback role ... Eskimos RB Mike Bradley (knee) and DT Clinton Wayne are out this week, while DT Randy Spencer and SB Andrew Nowacki are in ... The Champ Car racing circuit's inaugural Grand Prix of Edmonton, to be held Sunday, has forced the Bombers to stay way out in the city's west end instead of downtown. Therefore, they didn't go anywhere near Commonwealth Stadium yesterday and did their interviews at the team hotel ... The Eskimos have scored 40, 41 and 41 points, respectively, in their last three games against the Bombers at Commonwealth.

AND WE QUOTE: "I had a gift certificate to Earl's, but it came out of my pocket somehow. I had to do something to get that gift certificate."

-- Bombers SB Milt Stegall, who "bought" dinner for his Eskimo friends, DB Shannon Garrett and DE Joe Montford, when they were in Winnipeg two weeks ago and expected to have the favour returned by one of the two last night.


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