Stegall puts knee to the test

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Milt Stegall continues to move forward on the recovery trail.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback, who had left knee surgery on May 2, tiptoed his way through an agility ladder on Sunday for the first time since the operation and reported no soreness yesterday.

"We're going to try to intensify a little bit more right now and see where I can go to," said Stegall, who is watching Bomber training camp for the first time in his career.

"As long as everything's progressing, as long as there's no pain or soreness, we're going to keep trying to work it harder and do more and more each day."

Stegall, 38, still has no timetable for his return, although it appears the season-opener on June 27 is unlikely.

"I'm progressing every day," he said. "I don't know what to base (the recovery) on. I've never had to go through this, so we didn't set a date."

HAMILTON-BOUND?: The first pre-season game is the day after tomorrow, and head coach Doug Berry hadn't decided yesterday who all will be making the trip to Hamilton for Thursday's tilt against the Tiger-Cats.

The 50-player roster will consist of mostly CFL rookies, although the bulk of the starting offensive line is expected to play in order to give the three reserve quarterbacks a chance to succeed.

Speaking of the ball tossers, Ryan Dinwiddie will start and is expected to play at least the entire first half as he tries to establish himself as a bona fide CFL backup. Bryan Randall and Cleveland McCoy would then split the second half.

As for the kickers, the speculation is veteran Troy Westwood and rookie import Alexis Serna will go mano-a-mano at Ivor Wynne Stadium, which means Brian Monroe will likely remain in Winnipeg.

WASHED OUT: Berry cut yesterday's second practice session short when the skies opened up.

INJURY REPORT: Defensive tackles Jon Oosterhuis (calf) and Matt Kudu (ankle), fullbacks Brian Guebert (hamstring) and Graeme Bell (hamstring) and long snapper Jordan Matechuk (quadriceps) won't play Thursday.

Offensive lineman Matt Sheridan suffered a groin injury yesterday and won't go to Hamilton, while linebacker Dwayne Slay (leg) is doubtful.

AROUND THE CFL: The Toronto Argonauts signed GM Adam Rita to a contract extension through 2010 ... The Calgary Stampeders released former Tennessee Titans receiver Tyrone Calico. They also cut receiver Eddie Montgomery, the younger brother of former U.S. track star Tim Montgomery.


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