Slow recovery keeps Stegall sidelined

KEN WIEBE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

Some might call it Milt being Milt.

You know, kind of like Manny being Manny.

Stegall, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' slotback, insists otherwise but evidence continues to mount that the CFL's all-time touchdown leader may have suffered a setback on the knee injury that's kept him on the sidelines so far this season.

"I didn't know how long it was going to take," said Stegall, who had arthroscopic knee surgery 10 weeks ago. "I've never been through it. I wish it would have been a week, but that wasn't being realistic.

"It's getting better every day."

Or is it?

Stegall was running routes last week and hasn't been doing any running during practise this week.

Even head coach Doug Berry admitted Stegall's progress has slowed.

"It got to a point where he felt a little bit of soreness and we just decided that rather than push it, let's let it settle," said Berry, who is hopeful Stegall might return next Friday at B.C. Place in the rematch with the B.C. Lions.

"He's taking it easy this week and we'll re-evaluate it next week."

NO CHANGES: Berry doesn't expect to make any roster changes for Friday's game against the Lions.

That means offensive tackle Alexandre Gauthier will play and Matt Sheridan won't be ready for his first action of the regular season.

Obby Khan continues to take reps in practise and has maintained his weight around 280 pounds, but remains at least a week away from making his return.

And while he wasn't pointing fingers, Berry didn't shy away from a question about whether the offensive line needed to do a little better job run blocking for Charles Roberts.

"Until we bulldoze people into the end zone, that could be a factor," said Berry. "It's not like there's anybody to blame individually. When we run the ball it's a combination of the quarterback, the running back and offensive line and it's not always the offensive line's problem."

ANOTHER NOD: As the Blue Bombers make a change at punt and kick returner this week, they got another not-so-subtle reminder about the one that got away in 2007.

Toronto Argos returner Dominique Dorsey, who was acquired by the Blue Bombers from the Saskatchewan Roughriders but released after the 2007 training camp, was named the CFL's top special teams player for Week 2.

It's the fifth time Dorsey has been given the nod since the Blue Bombers released him.

Ricky Ray of the Edmonton Eskimos got the nod as top offensive player, Cameron Wake of the Lions was top defensive player and Jesse Lumsden of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats was the top Canadian.


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