Sheridan injury just a bruise

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

Matt Sheridan figured the picture was not quite as gloomy as some were painting it.

The veteran Winnipeg guard was diagnosed with a bruised joint in his knee yesterday, not a season-ending torn ACL as some had first suspected.

"Yeah, it's good news," said Sheridan, who suffered the injury during Friday's CFL game against Hamilton. "Definitely, the prognosis is much less severe than a torn ACL.

"Everyone else was being like it was Doomsday, saying it was an ACL (problem) but with the amount of movement I had in it, I didn't think so."

Sheridan could even return as soon as the Blue Bombers play the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Labour Day Classic in Regina this Sunday.

"It's very positive," said Bomber head coach Jim Daley. "I would say he may even play this weekend."

Sheridan, however, believes he will be out for a couple of weeks, although he will know better today.

If Sheridan is out for the short term, Dan Gyetvai would start with Cory Annett activated as a backup. And there is a chance that Danny Frame could return.

"The loss of Matt Sheridan, who has been an anchor for us, would be significant," Daley said before learning the extent of the injury. "But Dan Gyetvai, who has recovered from his own ACL injury, has started a lot of games for us in the last few years and he finished the game when Matt got hurt just prior to halftime. He got half a game under his belt and looked good. He graded out very well."

BROWN OUT? There are still doubts, however, that defensive lineman Doug Brown (foot) will be able to make the trip to Regina. Brown missed his first pro football game when the Bombers lost to Hamilton 41-39 and his status will be updated today. Slotback Darnell McDonald is also questionable with a swollen hand.

On the other hand, kick returner/slotback Keith Stokes (shoulder) should be ready to return after missing the Hamilton match.

"(Stokes) expects to play," Daley said. "His shoulder's not 100% but much improved so, there is certainly a very strong chance that he would play, a less strong chance that Doug Brown will be able to play.

"Gilles Colon had a very good day in terms of kickoff returns but you always wonder if you had your starter (Stokes) there, would he even been a bit better?"

SECONDARY CONCERNS: Although the pass rush was poor, Daley declined to blame that for the secondary's pathetic performance versus the Tiger-Cats. Instead, he blamed individual players in the secondary without naming them. However, cornerback William Fields and safety Wes Lysack were among those who made glaring errors on Hamilton's long bombs.

"You always have to look and evaluate," Daley said. "If we have to change another (player) we will. Right now, we just have to re-group and play sound football with the people we have.

"They have been, for the most part, improving and playing well together and if I thought any differently than (believing) they will play better, then we should have five more guys in here fast. We have to play better as a group and I have every hope and confidence they will."

HASHMARKS: Daley talked about the possibility of CB Dedric Mathis, cut by Hamilton last week, still coming for a look but Bomber GM Brendan Taman doubted as much ... Although QB Lang Campbell, who is on the Bomber neg list, was among yesterday's NFL cuts, Taman said none of those are about to catch a plane to Winnipeg just yet ... The Bombers plan to fly to Regina for Sunday's match, then bus home after the game.


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