The Blue Bombers are about to get yet another look at what football life will look like without Milt Stegall.
Although they have lost two straight without the injured veteran slotback, a rookie import has looked pretty good playing in Stegall's spot. And Romby Bryant will line up there for the third straight match when Winnipeg plays host to the B.C. Lions tomorrow night.
Bryant caught four passes for 75 yards against the Alouettes in Montreal last week and has eight receptions thus far.
"I guess I had a pretty good game but I could have done a whole lot better," the 6-foot-1, 191-pound Tulsa product said yesterday. "I had a dropped ball and a few missed assignments but I guess it was an OK game for me. I wanted to come out with a win, though. Hopefully, we'll get one this week."
But Bryant was not about to declare himself the "Next Milt."
"I just go out there and do what I can do and worry about me and not try to live up to nobody else," said Bryant, who played two NFL games with the Atlanta Falcons. "I've still got a lot of kinks to work out with the motion and all the different types of stuff we've got going. So I haven't fully adjusted."
SPARKPLUG: Brian Guebert will get his first crack at playing fullback in a regular-season game after being converted from a defensive lineman in training camp.
"Anywhere on the field is where I want to be with this team," said Guebert, who will replace injured DL Jon Oosterhuis (ankle) on the roster.
The 5-foot-9, 245-pound Saskatoon native sometimes lines up as a receiver.
"Hey, if they're going to throw me the ball, I'm going to make sure I get my mitts on it and turn it up field and make some things happen," said Guebert, whose enthusiasm is infectious.
"He's a guy who plays hard, loves playing football and doesn't necessarily have to be one of the rah-rah guys," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "But because of the way he plays, he'll be noticed."
NEW BLOOD: Rookie Joe Lobendahn is expected to replace Marcus Winn at linebacker while the recently-acquired OL Daryl Conrad will likely be added to the roster, replacing injured DB Greg Bearman (hamstring).
NO JOE: B.C. Lions RB Joe Smith, who led the CFL in rushing last season, will miss tomorrow's game with a shoulder injury. Smith will likely be replaced by ex-NFL RB Stefan Logan, who was discovered by Bobby Ackles, who died of a heart attack earlier this week.
ACKLES HONOURED: Starting tomorrow night, the Lions will pay tribute to Ackles by wearing a circular helmet insignia that includes the Lions' original 1954 logo -- an orange paw -- and "BOB'" in the centre with the Ackles quote, "Be the best that you can be" at the bottom.
A similar logo will be displayed at centre field when the Lions return home July 18 to take on the Bombers. Ackles will be honoured after the game in a ceremony that will include his inclusion on the club's "Ring of Honour" at B.C. Place.