Bruised shoulder could force Stegall out

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Never mind Winnipeg's sore-kneed quarterback, the Blue Bombers may fly to Toronto without the CFL's top pass catcher on board.

Veteran slotback Milt Stegall missed yesterday's practice with a bruised shoulder and is unlikely to play against the Argos on Sunday.

"It's questionable, doubtful," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "If he gets a little better over the next couple of days, he could be on the roster but right now, it's day-to-day with him."

Stegall, who leads the league with 786 yards on 47 receptions, has been nagged by the sore wing for about three weeks.

"It hasn't been getting any better because we keep sending him out there to take more hits on it, and the same thing happens in practice," Berry said.

"So, we're just trying to be a little cautious with him ... We'll see how he is in a couple of days and if he's not feeling significantly better, then we'll rest him for the weekend."

In that event, veteran receiver Chris Brazzell would replace the CFL's all-time touchdown record holder.

NEW QB: The Bombers welcomed a new QB to camp yesterday, Zac Taylor. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Nebraska product, who was cut by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, completed 470 of 821 passes for 5,850 yards and 45 touchdowns in his last two years of college.

"Zac Taylor has all the tools required to be a professional quarterback," Bombers GM Brendan Taman, who is still negotiating with QB Bryan Randall, said in a release.

"He's a really intelligent quarterback; he understands things real quick," Berry said. "He's been involved in a passing offence at Nebraska and in just two years at Nebraska, I believe he's their all-time leading passer ... He's a big guy and has a little bit of mobility. If he's got a decent enough arm, which it looks like he does, and the intelligence to catch on to the system rapidly, he certainly is a candidate for us to continue to look at."

The Bombers have until Oct. 10, when the expanded practice roster shrinks to seven, to make a decision on Taylor, who had never even heard of Winnipeg before.

"My girl friend researched (Winnipeg) and found out it's the third-coldest city in Canada or something," said Taylor, 23.

Nor does he know much about the CFL.

"I knew there were three downs, I knew there were 12 players," he said. "I knew the end zone was longer and that was about it. I had never watched a game until (yesterday) ... so, I'm kind of learning."

Taylor had been hoping for another NFL tryout after getting released but finally accepted Winnipeg's offer.

HASHMARKS: Berry is hoping CB Juran Bolden, whose wife was due to give birth, will be back from his Tampa, Fla., home in time to play Sunday ... Both DBs Davin Bush and Greg Moss (hamstring woes) remain doubtful ... Although S Greg Bearman (rib) sat out yesterday, he will likely dress, Berry said.

CFL STARS: Edmonton CB Jason Goss, who returned one of his two interceptions 82 yards for a touchdown against Montreal last week, has been named the CFL's top defensive player of the week. Winnipeg DE Tom Canada, who recorded three sacks against Hamilton, was the runner-up ... Calgary QB Henry Burris took top offensive honours ... B.C. KR Ian Smart was the best special teams player and Calgary LB Scott Coe the top Canadian.


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