Quinn's the man

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

Doug Berry stood before a media throng yesterday and answered the first question with a touch of drama.

"The (starting) quarterback is ... Mike Quinn," the Blue Bombers head coach said, then joked: "I had to think of his name."

Winnipeg fans might have a hard time thinking of his name without it being prefaced with an expletive after a performance that reminded some of T.J. Rubley when the B.C. Lions blasted the Bombers 32-5 two weeks ago. But Berry believes Quinn has earned a second chance.

"Based on what has happened all three days at practice, leading into (yesterday) was indicating that it was going to be Mike," said Berry, who has simplified tomorrow's game plan. "It's almost back to training camp when you're playing with a quarterback who hasn't played. Maybe we were a little too sophisticated in what we expected to get from Mike. So we tried to simplify what we are asking him to do and maybe have a little more success."

ON HOLD: Although it is unlikely that veteran slotback Milt Stegall will risk re-injuring his sore ribs, Berry is leaving that decision to the last possible minute.

"I'll have Milt on the 46-man roster and we'll take that right up until the two hours before (game time)," he said.

If Stegall sits for a third straight, Quentin McCord would continue to replace him.

BEAN JUMPING: Both cornerback Stanford Samuels (ankle) and defensive back Anthony Malbrough (knee) will miss tomorrow night's match and will be replaced by Gabriel Fulbright and Robert Bean, respectively. Bean has two interceptions in two starts at cornerback this season but this will be his first start inside, where he will have to face the likes of slotback Arland Bruce III.

"We've played against them a couple of times before so we kind of know what they have," Bean said. "They're good receivers, fast, and they catch everything so we're just going to try to execute our game plan like we can.

"I'm going to take this chance very seriously and do what I'm supposed to do."

Bean played inside during training camp.

ALLEN BACK: The Bombers will be facing Toronto quarterback Damon Allen, who had been out with injury, for the first time in three meetings with the Argos this season.

"It's not so much that they've got Damon Allen back, it's that they've got a different offensive scheme," said Berry, referring to Toronto's sudden commitment to the ground game. "This is a whole new offence so, from that aspect, yeah, Damon Allen's back and we certainly do respect him but the offence we schemed against earlier in the year is going to be totally different this time around.

HASHMARKS: The Blue had sold 23,401 tickets to tomorrow's match as of 5 p.m. yesterday ... Winnipeg Rifles graduate Nathan Friesen, the Canadian Junior Football player of the year, will be honoured in a pre-game ceremony ... Winners of the Bombers lottery will be announced during the game.


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