Bolden may not be on board against Boatmen

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Doug Berry and Brendan Taman, if nothing else, have the bases covered when it comes to worrying.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach and GM, respectively, had differing opinions yesterday on the status of Juran Bolden, who missed the entire week of practice because he was in Florida, where his wife gave birth to their son on Tuesday.

Berry, the optimist, said Bolden will arrive in Toronto ahead of the team this morning and will start at his usual cornerback spot tomorrow afternoon against the Argonauts.

"It would've been nice to have him do all the reps (at practice), but he's playing corner and it's not involved so much with all the adjustments ... ," Berry said. "If somebody's going to miss, his position is the one that's easiest to make the accommodations to."

Taman, the pessimist, spent yesterday trying to come up with an insurance policy in case Bolden doesn't make it to Hogtown this morning.

"He's 50-50," Taman said. "I'm quite concerned, considering I wasn't expecting this to even be an issue this week."

Sam Young has been lining up at Bolden's cornerback spot all week at practice, and the Bombers also have Ian Logan as a backup.

STEGALL WATCH: Speaking of question marks, slotback Milt Stegall reported yesterday that his bruised shoulder had improved over the previous 24 hours.

"I know coach Berry doesn't want me going in there unless it's totally together, and that's my plan," said Stegall, who will be a game-time decision. "If I'm feeling that something may happen or if I'm second-guessing myself, I'm not gonna go.

"If I'm not feeling that I can go in there and play with the reckless abandon that I always play with, knocking folks out and all that, I'm not gonna do it because I don't want to hinder the team or set myself back even more."

Chris Brazzell will see his first action since Aug. 3 if Stegall decides to sit out. It sounds like Berry wouldn't mind that at all.

"I just want to make sure I've got (Stegall) for the last six games," he said.

O-LINE WOES: Bombers tailback Charles Roberts rushed for only 65 yards last week in Hamilton, and centre Obby Khan called that number "embarrassing" for the hogs on the offensive line.

"It's not very good," Khan said. "We can't be pleased with the way we played, especially in the second half. We came out flat. In second and short, when we're not getting it, that's not good enough. Even though we came away with a big win, I don't think any of us are happy.

"... If we're not rushing the ball for 100-plus yards, we're pissed off -- even if you win by 30. We're crazy like that."

LATE HITS: Quarterback Kevin Glenn said the fact he already wore a brace on his left knee will make it easier for him to wear a second one on his right. "It hasn't given me any proble ms," Glenn said ... Argo s SB Arland Bruce III (shoulder) is questionable for tomorrow's tilt. He hasn't played since getting hurt against the Bombers on Aug. 24 ... Regardless of the Stegall and Bolden situations, the Bombers will make at least two roster changes tomorrow. DB Chijioke Onyenegecha is in for DB Davin Bush (hamstring), while LB/DB David Hewson will make his Bomber debut in favour of S Jason Nugent.


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