Banged up Milt 'hopeful'

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

It was the million-dollar question yesterday on Maroons Road: Is Milt going to play?

"Hopefully I'm ready to go," Stegall, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback and CFL's leading receiver, said yesterday. "You can't determine what tomorrow brings, but right now it's looking pretty good."

Stegall, 36, injured his ribs last week against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and his status for tonight rematch against the Tabbies at Canad Inns Stadium will be a game-time decision.

If Stegall can't go, Quentin McCord will take his place.

"If he tells me he's ready to play a football game (today), he will play," head coach Doug Berry said. "And if he says, 'Coach, I'm not ready,' I'll take him for the man he is and we'll play Quentin McCord."

There's a good chance that Stegall's injury is worse than he's letting on, because he hates not playing and hates to admit he won't be playing.

"The second you rest, they'll put a young guy in there, and the next thing you know you'll be resting at home," Stegall said.

However, Stegall vowed that he won't start unless he can finish.

QUICK IMPRESSION: Kyries Hebert has been a Bomber for only three weeks, but he's already nabbed the starting safety spot from Ron Ockimey.

"We didn't go through the stuff that we went through in order to get me in here for me to come here and watch them play," Hebert said. "When they signed me they had plans for me to be a part of the defence."

Ockimey still gets plenty of action as a backup linebacker/safety, and Hebert feels he's in the right place.

"I was born at safety," he said. "Fresh out of the womb I was at safety, covering the field. At about (age) one I started backpedalling."

BLINK UNTRACKED: Bomber tailback Charles (Blink) Roberts broke out of a two-game slump with 129 yards versus Hamilton last week.

"I had those two weeks where I had only 30 yards, then I stopped looking at the stats," said Roberts, now second to Calgary's Joffrey Reynolds in the CFL rushing race. "I know he's still in front of me, but this is just Week 8 and it's still a long season.

"And like I said before, I will lead the league in rushing (again) this year."

LATE HITS: Stegall and Bombers DT Ron Warner have been named CFL players of the month for July. Stegall was the offensive player of the month after hauling in 41 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns, while Warner, who has five sacks and three tackles for a loss, is the lineman of the month. LB Barrin Simpson was runner-up for top defensive player, while DE Tom Canada was runner-up for top lineman ... It's believed the Ticats put out a last-minute call yesterday to have P/K Jamie Boreham fly to Winnipeg last night in order to replace K Mark Myers for tonight's game ... As of 5 p.m. yesterday, the Bombers had sold 23,668 tickets for tonight's game. Incorrect information was given to the Sun on Wednesday.


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