Stegall could be ready this Friday

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

The 'Turtle Man' may finally crawl back into action this week.

Yes, we know, you have been hearing that for nigh on weeks now but it really does look like the injured Winnipeg slotback will suit up when the Blue Bombers take on the Argos in Toronto this Friday.

"We'll see," Bomber head coach Doug Berry said yesterday. "He pushed it pretty good (during yesterday's practice). Now, we'll see what happens overnight.

"This is similar to the last time when he pushed it hard and came in the next day and said, 'I'm not real ready.' So, we'll see where he's at (today). (Yesterday), he looked pretty good out there."

Stegall has yet to play a down this season after undergoing knee surgery on the eve of training camp.

If Stegall is ready, Berry will have to make a tough decision as Stegall's replacement, Romby Bryant, leads the club in receiving.

STILL BLINKIN': Despite the fact Charles (Blink) Roberts has gasped for so few yards (less than 200 yards) through the first five games, he will start at tailback this Friday, Berry confirmed.

"We're going to keep trying to give him some feeds," he said. "And hopefully, we can get oiled up between the O-line and the running back and something will break."

OK JOE: Rookie import Joe Lobendahn made six tackles as he replaced injured middle linebacker Barrin Simpson (torn triceps) on Thursday.

"He made mistakes but physically, it looks like he's going to be a capable guy and he needs more than his first game for evaluation," Berry said. "Physically, he's going to be able to do the job and he's smart enough. You've got to get him reps. The more reps he gets, the better he'll be. Overall, I'm pleased with his athletic performance. He's going to be OK."

Lobendahn still needs to learn how he fits in with the defensive line, he added.

MOVING UP?: Although the Bombers are a dismal 1-4, there's a possibility they could move into first place after their next three games -- all versus divisional opponents.

"They're huge games," said SB Arjei Franklin. "The thing is, if we come out of these next three games having done well, we could be in first place."

After Toronto, the Bombers will host the Montreal Alouettes (now 2-3) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-4).

TRASH TALK: LB Ike Charlton missed a tackle on Calgary SB Nik Lewis, who scored a 30-yard TD on the play.

"I told him, 'Next time, you won't catch another ball.' He made that play, hats off to him but I'll see him again," Charlton said. "I told him, 'Next time I see ya, you won't get into that end zone.'"

WALKING WOUNDED: DL Jerome Haywood, DB Anthony Malbrough and WR Terrence Edwards did not practise yesterday, but should be ready to play Friday.


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