Obby Khan could cap his remarkable comeback as early as next week.
Bombers head coach Doug Berry said the offensive lineman could see limited action against the B.C. Lions next Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium.
That would be well ahead of schedule for Khan, who weighed 209 pounds just five months ago after having his large intestine removed in an effort to rid his body of colitis.
Khan is close to his regular playing weight of 295 pounds, but it's a matter of keeping that meat on his bones on over an extended period of physical activity -- like a CFL game, for instance.
"Every time he practises he's going to drop some weight, and what we're trying to do is try to get him to sweat down a little bit but not a whole lot and keep his weight up at the same time," Berry said.
"The more he's going to practise, the more his body's going to adjust to that. ... His weight is probably close enough right now, but it's the durability factor."
POWER OF THE PEN: Bombers defensive back Anthony Malbrough was getting plenty of playful heat from his teammates yesterday after practice.
The seven-year veteran is writing a blog called "The Malbrough Files" for the CFL website this season, and his first entry featured his all-star predictions for 2008.
Some of Malbrough's teammates were "offended" because he picked only six Bombers -- including himself, of course. The others were Dan Goodspeed, Gavin Walls, Ike Charlton, Doug Brown and Charles Roberts.
Particularly peeved were receivers Derick Armstrong and Terrence Edwards, CFL all-stars last season who are showing no signs of slowing down this year.
Head coach Doug Berry said Malbrough made his own bed and now has to lie in it.
"He wants to go online with stuff?" Berry said with a smile. "He now has to answer to his teammates."
MONTREAL-BOUND: Winnipeg cornerback Donovan Alexander, recently released by the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, signed with the Montreal Alouettes earlier this week.
Montreal picked Alexander, who played his high school ball for the St. Paul's Crusaders, in the third round of the 2007 CFL draft, 23rd overall.
Alexander is currently on Montreal's practice roster and is unlikely to play tomorrow night against the Bombers.
LATE HITS: Winnipeg will likely make one roster change this week, with backup offensive lineman Matt O'Meara taking the spot of centre Dominic Picard (ankle) ... Slotback Milt Stegall (knee), offensive lineman Matt Sheridan (groin) and punter Duncan O'Mahony (toe) will be out at least another week ... The inaugural players of the week are Montreal's Anthony Calvillo (offensive) and Damon Duval (special teams), along with Toronto's Willie Middlebrooks (defensive) and Mike O'Shea (Canadian).