Milt getting better

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Milt Stegall's foot problems continue, but they don't appear serious enough to keep him out of the lineup.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback missed Tuesday's practice because of swelling caused by a Calgary Stampeder who stepped on his left foot during Winnipeg's first drive Saturday night.

"After the game ... have you ever seen The Nutty Professor? I had a Professor Klump foot," Stegall said before yesterday's practice in reference to the movie in which Eddie Murphy goes from obese to skinny and back to obese again. "I've just been trying to get all the swelling out.

"It's doing a lot better today."

The foot sure looked better during practice, as Stegall ran routes with ease and hauled in his usual helping of passes.

He missed a practice two weeks ago when he slightly sprained his right ankle after stepping awkwardly on a shoe in the locker-room.

As for the rest of the receiving corps, the only certainty is that Gilles Colon will replace Kamau Peterson at wide-side wide receiver.

Jamie Stoddard took many reps at slotback yesterday, while Chris Brazzell, acquired from Hamilton for Peterson on Monday, spent a lot of time at short-side wide receiver.

WR Darnell McDonald, signed to the practice roster last week, won't play Saturday because he needs more time to get into game shape.

WESTWOOD'S WOES: Bombers PK Troy Westwood made an impressive 39 of for 50 field goals -- or 78% -- last season, which was the second-best campaign of his 14-year career.

This year he's a paltry 12-for-18, or 67%, which means he is on pace to tie the second-worst success rate of his career.

The misses that really eat him up are the ones like the 31-yarder he yanked on the opening drive Saturday night in Calgary.

"I kicked it like I was kicking a 55-yard field goal, which is just stupid," Westwood said. "I don't need to hit it that hard, and I hooked it."

He got a single point out of it, but Westwood believes the loss of two points negatively affects his team more than you'd think.

"It does affect our possible team morale ... when you see our offence go out there, have a great drive, and we get deep into their territory -- to a point where it should be a guaranteed three points," Westwood said.

"And when we come away with one point, it really pisses me off, so I imagine it upsets everyone else on the sideline."

AND WE QUOTE: "I did catch it, but I don't think these refs like me, because I'm beautiful, and they're old and ugly."

-- Stegall, when revealing that his foot injury last Saturday in Calgary happened on the play in which a pass to him was questionably ruled incomplete.

LATE HITS: It appears that DB Stanford Samuels will take DB Brad Franklin's starting halfback spot Saturday, while LB Ryland Wickman likely will remain on the roster instead of LB Willie Fells ... The Hamilton Spectator reported yesterday that Ticats head coach Greg Marshall is hoping QB Danny McManus (thumb) can start Saturday. If not, Marcus Brady likely would get his second straight start.


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