Berry leaning towards Quinn

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Now, before you light the torches and march over to Maroons Road in search of Doug Berry's head, please read the whole story first.

It looks like Mike Quinn is going to start for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-4) against the Toronto Argonauts (4-5) on Friday night.

"I'm leaning to Mike," Berry said yesterday.

Take a deep breath, Bombers fans. Just relax. We know you're wondering how someone who threw four interceptions, fumbled twice and threw for only 147 yards in his last outing -- a 32-5 loss to the B.C. Lions -- could get another start.

A big reason, Berry noted, is that Quinn has looked way better in practice this week than he did leading up to the B.C. game.

"Much better. Much better. Much better," Berry said, making sure the assembled media understood him. "His decision-making is sharper, his balls are quicker ... everything about what he's doing (is better)."

And if Quinn can't get it done against the Argos, Berry won't hesitate before throwing third-stringer Brad Banks into the game.

"I still continue to be impressed with Brad Banks," Berry said. "... His development has been significant over the last time that he was asked to go in."

SICK BAY UPDATE: CB Stanford Samuels (ankle) and DB Anthony Malbrough (knee) both watched practice again yesterday, and it doesn't look like they'll play against the Argos.

CB Gabriel Fulbright and DB Robert Bean would start in the league's top secondary if Samuels and Malbrough can't go.

"We're not in a panic if we miss one or we miss two," Berry said. "We've got guys that have played in our secondary and have performed very well when they've played there before.

"It won't be a big issue. It shouldn't be."

Meanwhile, SB Milt Stegall (ribs) said he will wait until Friday to make a decision about whether or not he'll suit up against the Boatmen.

"It's feeling good," Stegall said. "You see me out there. I can run, I can cut, I can do everything. ... We'll just have to wait till Friday."

Berry said Stegall's status is doubtful.

ON THE MOVE? Bombers GM Brendan Taman is a Saskatoon native and began his CFL career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1987.

So it just had to be asked if he was moving to Saskatchewan to take over for the fired Roy Shivers.

Taman had a one-word answer: "Nope."

LATE HITS: Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach Terry Shea told a Vancouver radio station yesterday that former B.C. Lions QB Casey Printers will all but certainly remain in Kansas City this season, either as the third-stringer or on the practice roster ... Taman is still scouting NFL training camps. He was taking in San Diego Chargers practice last night, and he reported that he is keeping a close eye on quarterbacks during his tour.


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