Berry has nice problem

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

Most of the walking wounded were simply walking yesterday, and that presents a good problem for Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry.

The injury bug has pounded the snot out of the Bombers this season, but the bye week gave many on the injured list a chance to get healthy.

There were no fewer than six players back at full speed yesterday when the Bombers hit the field following a 10-day break.

Slotbacks Kwame Cavil and Quentin McCord, running back Henri Childs, offensive linemen Mike Abou-Mechrek and Matt Sheridan, and linebacker Ike Charlton all took part after various absences.

"It's nice to get people back," Berry said.

"I just don't know when we're going to be able to get them all back on the roster. It's a good position for me to be in but not a good position for all the players to be in.

"In the past it's been, 'Well, we've been able to dress everybody that's healthy,' and now we've got too many guys healthy. So some guys are going to be disappointed."

Sheridan, who has missed all but a quarter of the last 10 games with a groin injury, is the most questionable of the six returnees, but he felt good after his first solid workout in more than a month.

Sheridan said his status for Sunday's game in Hamilton will depend on how he feels this morning.

"I'll see how my recovery is," he said. "It does me no good to practise once and then shut it down, because you gotta be able to go in the fourth quarter, right?"

STEGALL WATCH: SB Milt Stegall didn't participate in yesterday's practice, but he did some cutting drills to test his injured knee.

"We'll see how it works, but his knee is feeling really good," Berry said. "But he hasn't stressed it all, and we're in no hurry, of course, to rush him back."

Berry said Stegall still might play Sunday, but it's doubtful.

The first-team receiving unit yesterday consisted of slotbacks Kwame Cavil, Chris Brazzell and Jamie Stoddard, and wideouts Derick Armstrong and Adam Eckert.

NO FUEL FOR THE FIRE: The Tiger-Cats traded Cavil to the Bombers in August, but the slotback isn't about to provide any bulletin board material for his former squad.

"I don't want any comments misconstrued against Hamilton or their organization," said Cavil, who didn't get much playing time in Steeltown earlier this season.

Cavil wouldn't say anything about Hamilton "except for I love those guys. One of my best friends is Tay Cody. Let me see, what else ... they got my old GM over there, Marcel (Desjardins). I like him."

LATE HITS: Time hasn't healed all Bomber wounds. Aside from Stegall, OL Garrick Jones (ankle), LB Ron Ockimey (groin) and DB Gabriel Fulbright (knee) are still on the limp ... The B.C. Lions have signed former Calgary Stampeder LB George White ... Bombers GM Brendan Taman was on the sidelines during practice yesterday, which prompted more than one player to joke that Taman was about to pull a Jim Popp and that he was there for coaching tips.


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