Sheridan rarin' to go

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

One veteran will finally return from injury while another remains up in the air.

Winnipeg offensive lineman Matt Sheridan (groin) will be back in action when the Blue Bombers host Toronto this Friday but slotback Milt Stegall will have his cracked ribs checked today.

"It felt real good to get out there, move around and try to get some of the rust off," Sheridan said after his first practice in about a month yesterday. "It is more frustrating to watch the team lose. It's easier to swallow being injured and not contributing when you are winning but that's passed us right now."

Sheridan's return means that Mike Abou-Mechrek will move back to tackle and the Bombers will only need one import O-lineman, freeing up an import receiver spot that may be filled by Stegall.

"Milt will have confirmation X-rays so we'll know more definitely about him (today)," said Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry. "He feels good, but then again we want to make sure he's healed up and whatever he feels is just a little soreness and not a result of some cracking in there."

MIXED EMOTIONS: Recently-acquired import receiver Kwame Cavil (Hamilton) and Canuck pass catcher Adam Eckert (Montreal) showed up in time for yesterday morning's practice. Both are expected to play against the Argos.

"There were mixed emotions, obviously," said Eckert, a local lad. "You're going from a great team like Montreal to another great team like Winnipeg. But I'm happy to be here. I have family and friends who will be in the stands so I'm looking forward to being out there and playing for the hometown crowd. I'm looking forward to the opportunity, obviously and I'm very familiar with the offence."

Berry coached Eckert when he was Montreal's offensive co-ordinator.

"Adam can play anywhere across the board," Berry said. "He's a very smart guy. He's been in the system for awhile. He's a good athlete. Montreal's had a lot of receivers over there and we felt that this was an opportunity to get a guy who is from the Winnipeg area, bring him home and give him an opportunity to play."

HASHMARKS: Both CB Stanford Samuels and WR Scottie Anderson missed yesterday's practice due to missed flight connections while WR Jamie Stoddard showed up late because he had slept in ... As expected, WR Robert Baker was also a no-show and will be suspended, Bombers GM Brendan Taman said ... DB Anthony Malbrough (knee) sat out yesterday's practice ... OL Dan Goodspeed returned to rehab after undergoing successful knee surgery 13 days ago but does not expect to play again this season.

REFRESHING PAUSE: The Bombers returned to practice after an eight-day rest.

"I could feel that energy out there," Berry said. "In terms of our energy level and mental focus, we needed that break. The guys have come back well energized and physically ready to have some fun again."


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