Blue won't settle for third

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are destined to finish third in the CFL's East Division, but that doesn't necessarily mean head coach Doug Berry will start resting players.

"We haven't accomplished what we want to," Berry said yesterday. "There's still a chance that we could host a game.

"Until that chance evaporates, as long as it becomes a viable thing for us to consider, then we're gonna go after it with every bit of intensity and fervour that we can."

The Bombers (8-8) host the Calgary Stampeders (10-7) on Saturday at Canad Inns Stadium, but they might be locked into third place by the 6 p.m. kickoff if Toronto wins on Friday and Montreal is victorious on Saturday afternoon.

Even if that happens, it sounds as if Berry will keep his top players on the field.

"We're not in that position (to rest players)," he said. "We're a team that's still embryonic. We're trying to learn how to win, and we're still trying to get guys playing next to each other.

"We may be changing a position here or there, but it's basically to get our guys playing the best they can come the first weekend in November."

Slotback Milt Stegall is expected to be back this Saturday from injury, and offensive linemen Garrick Jones and Matt Sheridan are expected to be ready as well.

Stegall has missed all three of Winnipeg's playoff games since 2001 due to injury, but Berry isn't going to sit him down during the stretch drive.

"I want Milt to be part of what we're doing," Berry said. "Now, that might mean I could put (Albert Johnson) in for a while or something like that, but Milt needs to be playing and get back into the groove and be at full optimum speed in everything he's doing by the time we hit November."

PLAYOFF REMINDER: Shawn Coates, the CFL's director of football operations, has clarified what will happen if Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg all finish with 10-8 records in the East.

The Alouettes would get first, because they would have the best record (5-2) in common games between Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg.

The Bombers would then finish second, because they won the season series with the Argos.

14 MORE YARDS? The Bombers are going to petition the CFL to have Charles Roberts' 14-yard touchdown on Sunday classified as a run instead of a reception. That would give Roberts 1,423 rushing yards -- just 44 behind league leader Joffrey Reynolds of Calgary. Roberts has two games left, while Reynolds has only one.

ARRESTED: Former Bombers CB/KR Marvin Coleman was arrested in Florida late last month on charges he had unlawful sex with a minor, according to WFTV.com. Coleman played with the Bombers from 2001-2003.


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