Dilemma for Big Blue

DEREK JORY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Just as their receiving corps is starting to get its act together, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers find themselves faced with a sticky dilemma.

All-star slotback Milt Stegall confirmed yesterday that if all goes according to plan, he'll be in the lineup against the Toronto Argonauts on Friday.

"We're still taking it day by day, I did a little bit more (yesterday) and hopefully it continues feeling better every day and I plan on playing on Friday," said Stegall.

"Right now that's the plan but it's not written in stone. You don't know what tomorrow brings, you never know what can happen.

"I know I'll never be 100%, I haven't been 100% in years. There may be some pain that I have to fight through. But when you play football there's always nicks and knacks that you have to fight through. You just have to be mentally tough and get through that."

If Stegall is able to play he'll go back to his usual position, which makes Winnipeg's new favourite receiver Romby Bryant the odd-man out. But you can't take the team's leading receiver out, can you?

"I don't know what we're going to do, really, we have some options," said coach Doug Berry. "Guys have been playing well and we certainly would like to get Milt back, so it's nice to know that he's healthy and available.

"Somebody's got to come off for Milt to go on."

RIDING HIGH: Kelly Malveaux is riding high these days coming off what he considers his best game as a member of the Bombers.

The defensive back tied for the team lead in tackles against the Stampeders with six, and he also made one of the key plays of the game when he picked off quarterback Henry Burris to stop a long Calgary drive.

"That felt awesome," said Malveaux. "It's good to have interceptions to pad your stats. But that interception right there was a momentum changer and it put us in a good position to win that game. Unfortunately they had a late strike to go ahead, but our offence stepped up big and got the job done.

"I think it was one of my best games, I'd have to rate it up there as the highest."

Malveaux's diving interception, only his third pick in 41 games with the Bombers, led to a field goal that gave Winnipeg a 25-21 fourth-quarter lead. Overall he's pleased with the strides the defence took last week.

"We still have some things to build on, but I think we took some steps in the right direction as far as making a lot of tackles, playing well on second downs. It wasn't until late in the game that we started to miss a few tackles so we just need to put all that together and play a full game."

ON THE MEND: Defensive tackle Jerome Haywood was back practising yesterday after taking Sunday off, but defensive back Anthony Malbrough and wide receiver Terrence Edwards remained sidelined although both are expected back at full speed today.

Blue Bombers defensive tackle Doug Brown also practised again yesterday despite the minor ankle injury he suffered late against the Stampeders.


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