Get ready for old-time offensive shootout

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

If you like high-scoring football games, you might want to catch tomorrow night's CFL clash between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and B.C. Lions.

That's because the Bombers seem to be taking almost a defence-be-damned approach to the contest.

Wide receiver Chris Brazzell returns to the lineup after missing one game with a leg injury, and the Bombers will keep receiver Darnell McDonald in the fold as well, forcing them to remove an import linebacker.

Middle linebacker Joe Tuipala is coming off the roster, which means non-import Neil McKinlay, who hails from nearby Langley, B.C., will make his first CFL start.

Bombers head coach Jim Daley feels the Bombers will engage in an old western shootout with the Lions (11-4) tomorrow night, so they will be bringing every bullet they have.

"Both our offences can score points, and we don't want to be caught short in that regard," Daley said.

"It leaves us a little thin on defence or on special teams a little bit, but the athleticism and skill of those two guys merits every degree of opportunity to play."

McDonald will be the designated import, which means he can replace only an American when he comes on the field. Daley plans to have McDonald spell off occasionally for slotback Keith Stokes, who will focus more on returning kicks.

Winnipeg's only other change is on defence, where DB Ike Charlton will make his CFL debut in place of DB Anthony Malbrough (hamstring). Charlton will be the dime back, and Stanford Samuels, who missed yesterday's practice due to the flu, will start at halfback.

The Lions feature a lot of one-back sets, so Daley figures McKinlay will be on the field for between 15 and 20 defensive plays.

Tuipala will start at middle linebacker next Sunday in Winnipeg's regular-season finale at home against the Calgary Stampeders.

REPEAT PERFORMANCE? Bombers SB Milt Stegall torched Lions DB Tony Tiller for four touchdowns and 234 yards during Winnipeg's 44-23 pounding of B.C. on Oct. 10 at Canad Inns Stadium.

Tiller didn't end up losing his starting job after that rough outing, but it's believed Stegall will line up tomorrow night against DB James Whitley, who was acquired from the Montreal Alouettes earlier this week.

"The only thing I'm trying to duplicate is the victory," said Stegall, who didn't make a single catch during Sunday's 35-32 loss to Toronto. "If I score four touchdowns I'll be happy, but my big thing is duplicating the victory."

RYAN WATCHING: Former Winnipeg head coach and GM Cal Murphy, who is now a scout for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, took in his second straight Bomber practice yesterday.

Murphy got his stopwatch out when Jon Ryan was booming punts.


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