Knee injury to sideline Stegall indefinitely

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

That impressive CFL record may have to wait.

Winnipeg slotback Milt Stegall suffered a strained knee in the 23-20 loss to the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night and could be out as long as four weeks, Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry said yesterday.

"Milt's being evaluated," he said. "We'll find out more (tomorrow). It's a strained knee, I just don't know how severe or how non-severe."

Stegall, who is three touchdowns shy of setting the all-time CFL record, suffered the injury after a low blow from Montreal cornerback Davis Sanchez.

"It was legal contact," Berry said. "Everybody would rather get hit high and Milt was hit more from the back side and hit low but you can't complain about it because it's football and it's all within the rules."

The Bombers do not plan to send videotape of the incident to league officials believing that it would do little good. The usual recovery period for such an injury is two to four weeks, depending on the severity.

The Bombers have a bye this week, then three weeks left in the regular season. Kwame Cavil is expected to return from a foot injury to play against Hamilton in two weeks.

RECOVERING: Bomber linebacker Barrin Simpson suffered a mild concussion and said he remembers little about the second half. Yet he recorded six defensive and one special teams tackle. Centre Obby Khan also left the match with an elbow injury but returned.

"I just got a little elbow shot, it was my snapping arm so I didn't want to risk getting back in there with a numb arm," Khan said. "The nature of the position at centre, I can't snap the ball if I can't feel my arm. I figured it would be best for me to come out for a couple of plays and go back in, and it was fine for the rest of the game."

DOUBLE FAKE: On their first drive, the Alouettes were successful on both a fake punt and a fake field goal, which led to a tying TD.

"The most annoying thing was that we knew that fake punt was coming (and had prepared for it)," Berry said. "We knew exactly what they were going to do and they still executed it, and that's what was real frustrating."

And the Bombers never recovered from that letdown for the rest of the game.

"That was tough," said Bomber defensive lineman Doug Brown. "I've never even heard of that before in the history of football -- two back-to-back fakes ... That's a huge momentum-swing right there.

"And it just shows you the desperate situation they were in to do things like that. But if you have the bravado to do it, then kudos to you. You've got to admire something like that."

HUH?: Berry was still scratching his head over the objectionable conduct call for allegedly pumping crowd noise into the stadium.

"We were told the penalty was for pumping in crowd noise, which I know we don't do, so that's all I know about the situation," he said.

The Alouettes could have been nailed for encouraging the crowd to make noise with the Bombers over the ball at least three times in Montreal the previous week, but weren't.


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