Stray shoe knocks Stegall out of practice

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Milt Stegall's avoidance of the media yesterday could be taken as a bad sign.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback watched yesterday's practice and refused to speak with the media afterward at 5:30 p.m., citing the fact that the players' media availability is at 1 o'clock.

Stegall has rarely met a microphone or camera he didn't like, so his refusal to talk raised eyebrows.

ACCIDENTALLY

Two minutes later, Bombers head coach Jim Daley said Stegall suffered a slightly sprained ankle Wednesday when he accidentally stepped on a shoe in the locker-room.

Daley hopes to have Stegall back on the practice field today.

Winnipeg's other starting slotback, Wane McGarity, left practice early because the fast food he ate before the workout wasn't sitting well with him, Daley said.

HARD HITS: Daley was hoping to see one of the most violent games in CFL history last night.

The featured teams were the Montreal Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts, whom the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will meet Monday afternoon at Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome.

"I hope to see a bunch of collisions," the Bombers head coach said yesterday, just a few hours before the Als and Argos kicked off at Molson Stadium. "That would be good. The hardest fought game in the CFL? I hope it (was last night)."

The Argos have three days off before hosting the Bombers, and their quarterback, Damon Allen, is celebrating his 42nd birthday today.

Daley knows how tough a quick turnaround can be.

"Leg fatigue takes time to overcome," Daley said. "So that's one advantage we hope we have Monday."

QUOTABLE: "I think 1-4 helps us guard against overconfidence."

-- Daley, when asked what he's doing to prevent his team from being too sure of itself after its 51-46 win over the Alouettes.

LATE HITS: DB Cedric Dickerson, who's missed four games with a broken hand, and OLB Ron Ockimey, who has been a healthy scratch for the first five games, took many reps with the defence yesterday ... MLB Willie Fells was with the first-team defence at the start of drills, but Ryland Wickman, who missed Friday's game with an elbow injury, took plenty of snaps, too.


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