TORONTO -- First, it is the uncertain status of their star receiver. Now, their most experienced defensive back may be unavailable to play this afternoon.
Winnipeg cornerback Juran Bolden had returned his Tampa, Fla., home earlier this week to be with his wife who was about to give birth. Although the child was born on Tuesday, Bolden did not return to Winnipeg and as of late yesterday afternoon, had not arrived in Toronto.
"Juran Bolden is not in Toronto at this time," Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry said on the eve of this afternoon's CFL title versus Toronto. "I'm not sure it's going to happen. We're still trying to talk to him abut it.
"He's had a setback in his personal life with the birth of his child. I don't know any of the details but I know there is an issue. We're still trying to get him in here but I don't know if that's going to happen."
The Bombers brought along linebacker/defensive back Marcus Winn just in case. Sam Young, Chijioke Onyenegecha and Ian Logan are all capable of playing the corner if Bolden cannot make it.
NO MILT?: Although both injured slotback Milt Stegall (shoulder) and Chris Brazzell made the trip here, it is unlikely Stegall will play. If Winnipeg's star receiver cannot answer the call, Brazzell will replace him and Berry wanted both to know which one will start before going to bed last night.
"Right now, it's going to be tough to change my mind," Berry said. "I'm leaning towards not playing (Stegall). I know he's got a lot of family here and everything but we'll talk about it ... If I have to take his cane away and sit him back in his rocking chair, I'll do that."
Stegall had a contingent of 14 friends and family up for the game, including his son, Chase, whom he held during a media scrum.
"It's up in the air right now," Stegall said. "I don't know what the exact hour is we need to make a decision on it but we'll take it up to the final second to make a decision. If I can't make it, (Brazzell) is more than capable of going out there and producing.
"You'll get a glimpse of the future if I can't go so whatever happens, I think we'll be OK."
HEWSON PUMPED: Recently-arrived linebacker David Hewson will dress for the Bombers for the first time against his former team today.
"I'm really excited," said the native Winnipegger. "I didn't think it was going to happen so fast. I'm jst really happy that I can get this chance to prove that I can still play."
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound University of Manitoba product, who replaced safety Jason Nugent, will play on all four special teams units.
GLENN FAN: And finally, here is Toronto head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons on the great season that Bomber QB Kevin Glenn is enjoying:
"When I think of Kevin Glenn, I think he's more than you think," Clemons said. "He's better than you think with the pass ... He protects the football better than you think and that's one of those things that has made him successful ... He runs a bit better than you think. He throws the ball a bit better than you think. He manages the game a bit better than you think. He has a great group of guys who have more confidence in him than you think. He is just a little bit more than you think in every possible way."