The Winnipeg Blue Bombers got one step closer to a healthy secondary yesterday.
Defensive back Anthony Malbrough spent the entire practice with the first-team defence for the first time, while cornerback Robert Bean spent about half the session with the No. 1 unit.
That was the most action Bean has seen since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on July 16.
"He may think he is (ready), and he looks like he's pretty close, but I'm still not sure if the defensive coaches have made a determination," head coach Doug Berry said. "... But I'm sure Anthony will be playing."
The Bombers (4-2-1) host the Toronto Argonauts (2-5) on Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium. Where everyone will start in the secondary, however, remains to be seen.
"It's up for the coaching staff now to identify who we perceive are the best five and let them start working together," Berry said. "That's what we ultimately would hope to be doing, starting (today)."
HOT SELLER: Fans are obviously excited about Milt Stegall Night, as more than 24,000 tickets have been sold for Friday's game.
The Bombers will honour Stegall for becoming the CFL's all-time touchdown leader, a record he set nearly a month ago at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
A video tribute of Stegall's 140 career touchdowns, produced by Global TV's Joe Pascucci, will be shown on the scoreboard at 6:15 p.m., and the pre-game ceremony, featuring both George Reed and Mike Pringle, begins at 7 o'clock sharp.
FEELIN' GOOD: The first-place Bombers, who are coming off a relaxing bye week, are a buoyant bunch this week.
That much was evident yesterday when Stegall strolled by the media scrum that was waiting for Berry and decided it was a perfect opportunity to impersonate his coach.
When asked what decision from this season he'd like to have back, Stegall (posing as Berry) said, "To change my hairdresser. My hair right now, it's killin' me. I look in the mirror right now (and) I'm like, 'What the heck am I thinkin' about?'
"Besides that, I made some good decisions."
And asked to grade his coaching performance this season, Stegall (or is it Berry? We couldn't tell) gave himself a B-minus.
That should be worth a few extra sprints.
When Berry arrived, he was informed of Stegall's performance and given the opportunity to return the favour.
"He can't impersonate me, try as he may," Berry said with a chuckle. "I could not be Milt either. But I will remember this."
LATE HITS: DT Jon Oosterhuis has a sore back, but Berry expects him to be ready for Friday's contest ... DB Kelly Malveaux could miss practice today, as he is about to become a new father. His wife, who is pregnant with their second child, was induced yesterday ... The Bombers practise today at 11:10 a.m.