Turtle Man iffy

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

List the Turtle Man as doubtful this week.

Winnipeg slotback Milt Stegall rested his sore ribs for a third straight day at Blue Bombers practice yesterday and his status for tomorrow night's match versus the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be a game-time decision.

"Milt's still sore," Bombers head coach Doug Berry said yesterday. "All indications have been that he's going to be ready. It's not like he's a young guy who needs to practise every day and we feel like we can wait until then and there's no need to rush him back (for practice)."

Stegall left last week's game against Hamilton, but just briefly, after taking a blow to the ribs.

"I am not worried about Milt," Berry said. "If it's deemed that Milt is ready to go, then he'll be ready to go. It's not any risk of injury, it's just soreness. He's sore and if the soreness has disappeared, he'll play. If it's prevalent and bothersome, he won't play."

He would then be replaced by rookie import receiver Quentin McCord.

"There's only one Milt Stegall playing in the CFL so whomever we put in there is clearly not Milt," Berry said. "(But) if we play with Quentin, we'll get a good performance from him."

PLAYER NODS: Both Stegall (offensive) and kicker Troy Westwood (special teams) were named CFL Players of the Week. Stegall, who got the nod for the second straight week, was a unanimous selection after catching 11 passes for 162 yards.

Westwood booted two field goals, two singles and had a 51.7-yard punting average. Safety Ron Ockimey was a runner-up.

B.C. LB Javier Glatt (defensive) and Saskatchewan DL Fred Perry (lineman) were the other winners.

BEWARE: The 6-1 Ticats are desperate for a victory tomorrow.

"I would imagine that they will do everything they can to get another win -- whatever it takes -- because that's what we'd do," Berry said. "At this point, you're almost backed into a corner with nothing to lose so that the risks and gambles that they're willing to take may exceed a normal situation. So we have to be prepared that these guys can do anything to win."

HASHMARKS: Former Bombers receiver Chad Rempel has emerged in Toronto's camp ... Both Omar Evans and Stanford Samuels will be back on the corners as LB Ike Charlton returns to action this week. But DB Robert Bean will still dress ... Bombers had sold 25,506 tickets to tomorrow's contest as of 4 p.m. yesterday ... DL Ron Warner's son, Quinton (12) has been visiting his dad from Independence, Kansas, this week.


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