Stegall likely to sit again

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

It's not looking good again for Milt Stegall.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers star slotback had more X-rays done yesterday on his cracked ribs, and the doctor advised him to sit out Friday's game against the Toronto Argonauts, coach Doug Berry said.

Berry, however, will leave the final decision up to Stegall, who was in a prickly mood with the media yesterday and wouldn't reveal any information about his ribs.

Stegall has missed the last two games and hasn't played since July 28 in Hamilton.

If Stegall can't go, it appears the receiving corps will consist of Chris Brazzell, Jamie Stoddard, Quentin McCord, Scotty Anderson and Kwame Cavil.

That means Andrae Thurman might be getting the week off.

"I'm not going to say he's in the doghouse, but somebody else may get some reps for him this week," Berry said. "It's a business, and when your number's called you gotta do the job, and everybody knows it."

ACHING SECONDARY: CB Stanford Samuels and DB Anthony Malbrough both watched practice yesterday, and their status is day-to-day.

Samuels is still nursing a high ankle sprain that he suffered in the 32-5 loss to B.C. on Aug. 10, while Malbrough has a knee injury that he sustained in the same game.

"It's not that bad," Samuels said. "I was actually running through the airport the other day, trying to catch a flight."

Robert Bean was in Malbrough's spot yesterday, while Gabriel Fulbright was practising for Samuels.

LOOKING GOOD? The Green Bay Packers released incumbent punter B.J. Sander yesterday, which means former Bomber Jon Ryan has a leg up on the punting battle.

The Packers said in a press release yesterday that Ryan will handle the snaps for the final two weeks of the pre-season, but "the move, however, doesn't guarantee Ryan the regular season job.

"He continues to compete against all other punters in NFL camps who could be released by their respective teams and potentially signed by the Packers' pro personnel department."

Ryan had trouble with his lone punt on Saturday night against the Atlanta Falcons.

He dropped the snap deep in his own end zone but still got the kick off. It travelled 42 yards but had only 2.4 seconds of hang time.

HAVE A SEAT: Construction has begun on the temporary bleachers in the south endzone at Canad Inns Stadium.

The 15,000 seats, which are being erected for the Grey Cup game in November, mean fans won't be able to enter the south gate or watch warmups in the south end zone for the rest of the season.


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