Stegall's injury not game breaker

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- The starting quarterback was limping early in the week, the star receiver is favouring his shoulder, and now the saviour of the defence might be missing in action.

There certainly has been nothing dull about the last several days in Blue Bombers camp.

"It's been an interesting week around here," GM Brendan Taman said yesterday.

"We've had 'knee watch,' 'shoulder watch' and 'baby watch,' all in the same week. I've had enough of watches."

To recap, the knee in question belonged to Kevin Glenn, who appears ready to go in Toronto tomorrow.

The bad shoulder is attached to none other than Milt Stegall, who sounds more optimistic about his availability than his head coach.

And the baby, courtesy of the wife of Juran Bolden, who, we're told, is only 50-50 to make it from Florida to Toronto in time for kickoff.

The funny thing about all this is the injury to Stegall is probably the thing that set off the fewest alarm bells this week.

There was a time -- the last decade, actually -- when the mere possibility Stegall would miss a game would send Bomber Nation into a panic.

As recently as last season, you could set your watch to the fact the Bombers were lost without No. 85.

"It was like Charlie (Roberts) rushing for 100," D-lineman Doug Brown said. "When Charlie rushed for 100, we'd win. Milt doesn't play, we'd lose. Those were the two guarantees in Bomber land."

Things feel a little different this time, though.

With a balanced offence and three receivers in the CFL's top five, it's not Milt-or-bust, anymore.

So instead of chewing their fingernails or developing nervous twitches, players are handling the what-if-Stegall-can't-go question by, get this, cracking jokes.

"Now when Milt's not in the lineup anymore, we just get younger. And we get better looking, too," Brown said.

"And everyone else gets more attention. Those are the three plusses."


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