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KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:25 PM ET

Brendan Taman can't go very long these days without receiving e-mail suggestions from fans about his team's kicking situation.

The most popular recommendation the Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM gets in his inbox is to give former Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys placekicker Mike Vanderjagt whatever he wants to replace the reeling Troy Westwood for the rest of the season.

It's not going to happen, Bomber fans.

"It's not a reality," Taman said. "I'm not even thinking about it." What Taman is doing is formulating a plan should Westwood -- or possibly Rob Pikula -- struggle once again on Saturday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Westwood missed both of his field goal attempts in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Toronto Argonauts, which dropped his success rate to a dismal 56%.

Head coach Doug Berry noted yesterday there has been no change in the kicking plans -- "That doesn't mean there won't be one," he added -- but Taman said there won't be anyone coming in this week.

So that means it will be either Westwood or Pikula booting field goals on Saturday against the 2-10 Tabbies. If it's Westwood, he better make it count, because Taman is lining up a string of import kicking candidates.

"If Troy goes 4-for-4 from 45, 48, 50 and 51, the world is happy again," Taman said. "If he goes 0-for-4 from inside the 30, I'll be on my phone at halftime. I hate to say that, but that's sort of the reality of it."

NEW FACE: The Bombers added 5-foot-9 kick returner/receiver Willie Foster to their practice roster yesterday, but don't expect to see the Rutgers product replacing Albert Johnson III any time soon.

"That's more of a practice roster opening," Taman said. "We needed a receiver because we have no legs left, because (Chris) Brazzell and Kerry (Johnson) can't even practise.

"... This is more of a 2008 thing than anything. We want to see if he's good enough to sign for next year."

MAKING A CONNECTION: Tom Lurvey found it a little odd, yet kind of cool, that Milt Stegall was rooting through his refrigerator recently.

"He's been in my fridge," Lurvey said. "That was wild."

Lurvey, a 57-year-old Winnipegger, is the local winner of the Making the Connection CFL Challenge. That means he gets three appointments with Stegall, who will help him improve his cardiovascular health.

Their first meeting included Stegall taking a peek at Lurvey's fridge.

"We opened the fridge, and he took a picture of everything that was in the fridge," said Lurvey, who has been battling high cholesterol for 20 years. "The first thing he saw was a big jar of mayonnaise. He said that's death in a jar. He didn't actually say that, but that was my take on it.

"We had some healthy stuff in there, so we weren't totally embarrassed."

Stegall, a fitness fanatic, hopes Lurvey takes his eating and exercise tips to heart.

"If you want to be in shape, it's changing your entire lifestyle," Stegall said.

LATE HITS: Bombers DT Jerome Haywood was scheduled to have his injured biceps checked out by a doctor yesterday afternoon, but it appears Jabari Issa will take his place on Saturday ... S Kyries Hebert was back at practice yesterday after missing Tuesday's workout for personal reasons ... B.C.'s Geroy Simon (offensive), Hamilton's Charlton Keith (defensive), Toronto's Dominique Dorsey (special teams) and Saskatchewan's Andy Fantuz (Canadian) are the CFL players of the week ... Roughriders GM Eric Tillman was fined $1,000 yesterday for making disparaging remarks about the B.C. Lions organization in the wake of Saturday's brawl at Mosaic Stadium. Tillman, however, claimed victory yesterday in a one-paragraph press release since the CFL suspended or fined three members of the Lions on Tuesday. "Yesterday, the league validated our complaints at every level," Tillman said. "Today, they felt it was appropriate to fine the messenger. We accept both decisions made by the Commissioner and believe each speaks for itself."


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