What about Milt?

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:39 AM ET

Pinball had a message for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers if they change their minds about trading Milt Stegall to a Grey Cup contender before the Oct. 19 deadline.

"Please call us," Michael Clemons, head coach of the reigning Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts, implored yesterday.

"Give us half their defence and we'll think about it," Winnipeg GM Brendan Taman responded facetiously.

In fact, Clemons said he had made inquiries about the veteran slotback's availability in the past.

"I tried to trade for him as soon as I became a coach five years ago and I have tried on a couple of occasions to get him into a different blue uniform," said Clemons, referring to Toronto's Double Blue. "They didn't honour my request but a couple of different off-seasons, I inquired about him."

But that came as a surprise to Taman.

"He didn't talk to me about it," he said. "And (Argo GM Adam Rita) has never brought his name up to me."

Not that Stegall would have been available anyway.

CH-CHANGES: Newly-arrived DE Karon Riley, LB Kris Aiken and DE Riall Johnson will replace DBs Bo Lewis (knee) and Chuck Walsh (ankle) and DE Phillippe Audet (abductor) on the Toronto roster ... DB Anthony Malbrough, DT Doug Brown, WR Darnell McDonald and LB Joe Tuipala will replace DB Santino Hall (knee), DT Martin Lapostolle (back), WR Chris Brazzell (leg) and LB Ryland Wickman (healthy scratch) on the Winnipeg roster.

Brown, who has injured both feet, will wear inserts inside both cleats.

Malbrough, by the way, has purchased the No. 3 off Keith Stokes, who will wear No. 0.

BRUCE HAPPY: Former Bomber SB Arland Bruce III is still patting himself on the back for choosing the Argos over Winnipeg when he returned from the NFL last year.

"I made the right decision," he said. "It was a blessing to go to Toronto and win a Grey Cup. It looks like Winnipeg is struggling right now and guys that I played with aren't here any more, and they've gone different ways.

"I feel for 'em but that's just part of life. I had to go my way and they're going their way, which is downhill, which isn't a good thing."

Bruce, by the way, is still hoping for another NFL shot.

HASHMARKS: Both Clemons and Toronto QB Damon Allen were greeted with hugs from former Bomber linebacker Tyrone Jones, who is suffering from cancer.


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