Stegall ready to roll

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

Milt Stegall put on a knee brace, went out to practice and declared himself fit to chase another CFL record.

"I felt good," the Blue Bombers receiver said yesterday. "I haven't been 100% since 1974, the day I started playing. But I'm good enough to play, and that's all that matters."

Stegall, coming off a knee injury that forced him to miss Sunday's win in Hamilton, joins Derick Armstrong, Chris Brazzell and Kwame Cavil as Winnipeg's import pass-catchers.

It's a luxury the Bombers may not actually be able to afford this week, due to the import ratio.

But don't be surprised if they spend the next two games figuring out a way to make it work.

"I'd like to be able to get them all on, and maybe we will come playoff time," head coach Doug Berry said. "But for this game... we'll probably just keep the ratio the way it's been."

That would mean sitting down either Brazzell or Cavil.

Stegall, meanwhile, needs three touchdowns to become the CFL's all-time career leader. Not that he's talking about the milestone.

"It's still possible we can get a home playoff game," Stegall said. "Also, just keep some momentum going for the playoffs. If we have to go out east and play Toronto or Montreal, we just want to continue this momentum we've created."

OMAR'S OK: It appears cornerback Omar Evans will get a chance to redeem himself after a sub-par outing in Hamilton.

Evans resumed his spot on the corner yesterday, a little wiser after a few chats with his coaches.

"I didn't play too good," he acknowledged. "I had one mental mistake, and then I got caught peeking."

Berry made it clear after the game he wasn't happy with the veteran, who made two glaring errors, one of which resulted in a touchdown.

"The whole deal was to get his attention and then to have some conversation with him," Berry said yesterday.

"And he's aware of that. He's a pro. He's committed to staying on track, let's put it that way."

SIDELINES: Not practising yesterday were centre Obby Khan and running back Charles Roberts, both of whom were just getting a break.

O-lineman Matt Sheridan, coming off a groin injury, saw more reps, just to "see if the fat guy is still conditioned and can do this."

"I'm actually kind of concerned about any disruption to the continuity or the consistency we've developed in this unit over the last four weeks or so," Sheridan said, of returning to the lineup this week.

Returning to practice today will be O-lineman Garrick Jones (ankle).


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