Khan close, but not close enough for his liking

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Obby Khan is one step closer to where he wants to be, but he's not there yet.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive lineman will suit up tomorrow for the first time this season, but it will be in a backup role against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the annual Labour Day Classic.

"You can take it either way," Khan said. "You can take it as a positive, or you can take it as still not being there.

"For me, the type of guy I am, I'm not there. So it's close, but not good enough for me."

Khan contracted a viral infection during training camp that, combined with his colitis, caused him to lose 50 pounds. He is back up to 285 pounds, which is 10 pounds lighter than what he played at last season.

Khan's replacement, Dominic Picard, has filled in well for Khan at centre, and head coach Doug Berry is hesitant to take Picard out of the lineup. Khan really wants to go back to centre, although he can play tackle if need be.

"I thought I had a real good year last year, and I was hoping to really find a home there (at centre)," Khan said. "We'll see what happens."

DREAM DATE: Just as he said he would, slotback Milt Stegall brought in the big bucks during the bachelor auction portion of "The Ultimate Summer Affair" at Fort Garry Place on Thursday night.

The evening of entertainment, which was hosted by Bomber safety Kyries Hebert and running back Charles Roberts, raised more than $800 for charity.

The date with Stegall went for $550, while quarterback Kliff Kingsbury brought in $255.

The young woman with the winning bid for Stegall has an idea for the date that certainly warms the CFL touchdown king's heart.

"She wants to go out to lunch," Stegall said, "but she also wants me to work her out and give her some workout tips."

LATE HITS: The Bombers will fly to Regina this morning and then bus back to Winnipeg after tomorrow's game ... The Bombers' lineup changes are: OL Khan for OL Aaron Fiacconi, CB Robert Bean for DB Anthony Malbrough (ankle), and WR Jamie Stoddard for LB David Lowry (quadriceps) ... A reminder to Bomber fans heading to Regina today that the True Blue Booster Crew will host its inaugural Never Party Alone cabaret tonight, from 6 to 10 o'clock, at the Ramada Inn. Proceeds will go the Never Alone Foundation.


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