Malbrough's comeback cut short by ankle injury

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Anthony Malbrough's comeback from injury lasted all of about 20 minutes.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back suffered a right ankle sprain early in the second quarter of last night's 15-13 win over the Toronto Argonauts.

Malbrough missed the last five games with a hamstring injury and said he was "dying" to get back in the lineup.

The Bombers secondary has been hit hard by injury this season. Cornerback Robert Bean, who missed his sixth straight game last night following knee surgery, was held out of last night's game as a precaution.

Bean is expected to return for the Labour Day Classic against the Saskatchewan Roughriders next Sunday afternoon.

Malbrough's injury forced Sam Young into last night's game. Despite the shakeup, the Winnipeg secondary held Toronto quarterback Rocky Butler to 152 passing yards.

SELLING OUT: It's been a long time -- perhaps even never -- since the Bombers had four consecutive sellouts.

They have that impressive streak now after attracting 29,533 spectators for the fourth straight game last night.

"The crowds have been phenomenal, but the guy we're talking about there tonight (Milt Stegall) is a big part of it," president and CEO Lyle Bauer said.

"This is the fourth straight sellout, and it looks like we're geared up for a fifth going into the Banjo Bowl. We're close to 26,000 already sold for that one.

"So it's very good. We just want to continue to roll. We need to be performing on and off the field."

NO VICK: Commissioner Mark Cohon's decision about Michael Vick's CFL eligibility was made for him yesterday when the NFL suspended the Atlanta Falcons quarterback indefinitely after he pleaded guilty for his role in a dogfighting ring.

The CFL now has what is basically the Ricky Williams rule, which prevents Canadian teams from signing suspended NFLers.

"In our bylaws, if anyone is suspended in the NFL, they can't come and play in the CFL," Cohon said. "We've been very clear on that."

MILT MONEY: The province of Manitoba has also created the Milt Stegall Scholarship.

Beginning next year, a Manitoba high school student and a post-secondary student will both receive money based on athletics, academics and community support.


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