Bombers miss Milt

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

Ultimately, the risk of Milt Stegall suiting up for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with sore ribs was greater than the potential reward so he spent last night's game on the sidelines in street clothes.

And the Turtle Man couldn't have liked what he witnessed from the Blue and Gold, who fell to 5-3 on the CFL season after an unlikely 26-11 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before a crowd of 26,521 at Canad Inns Stadium.

With Stegall out, the Blue Bombers were expecting other members of the receiving corps to pick up the slack.

Simply put, it didn't happen.

"As a receiving unit, there were a lot of plays that we should have made but we didn't make," said Bombers slotback Andrae Thurman, who caught four passes for 44 yards and got credit for another 10 yards rushing on a lateral play that was actually a skipped pass from Russ Michna. "We've got a lot of guys who can make plays and believe they can make plays. That's 50% of everything, believing you can make that play. We were too inconsistent, very inconsistent and we had a lot of balls that should have been caught -- especially me."

TOO MUCH PRESSURE

Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry said he hoped his receivers didn't put too much pressure on themselves in an effort to make up for Stegall's absence.

"We need big plays when things happen like this as they did a couple of weeks ago when we were here. We need guys to step up and not just play a normal, average or even a sub-average game," said Berry. "You've got to be beyond. You've got to do the better things tonight, especially offensively."

In the early going, the Blue Bombers looked to running back Charles Roberts to carry the offence.

Roberts had 67 yards on the ground and caught a pass for 14 yards during the first half

"In the first half, running the ball was like heaven out there," said Roberts. "I was picking up eight, 10, 20 yards on the run."

The second half was a different story as the scatback managed just 12 yards on five carries.

"It was hard to. With them seeing in the first half that we weren't really making a lot of plays in the passing game, it was a lot easier for them to come out and contain me in the second half," said Roberts. "I have no excuses for that because teams always key the run and we always figure out a way to pick up yards. It just didn't happen tonight.

"We'll go back to the drawing board."


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