Expect Stegall to start

The Bombers will likely welcome back Milt Stegall to the lineup on Friday. SUN MEDIA/Jason Halstead

The Bombers will likely welcome back Milt Stegall to the lineup on Friday. SUN MEDIA/Jason Halstead

KEN WIEBE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

Milt Stegall is another big step closer to making his 2008 CFL debut.

Although he won't give the media an official update on his status until this afternoon, the CFL's all-time leading touchdown-maker is still expected to be in the lineup when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers face the Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre on Friday.

Stegall, who is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee that took place on May 2, worked out with the first-team offence and was showing no ill effects yesterday -- though he caught the attention of several media members when he made his way to the locker-room just past the midway point of practice.

However, Stegall was carrying a second pair of cleats in his hands when he went into the locker-room and re-emerged several minutes later before getting back into the action.

"He's full go," said Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry. "He has absolutely no reservations at all about how he's going right now. It looks like we're committed to give it a go."

Stegall had 69 catches for 1,108 yards and eight touchdowns in 2007 and amassed 825 receptions for 14,695 yards and 141 majors in 187 games with the Blue and Gold during his illustrious career.

Adding Stegall to the mix should only bolster a receiving corps that is coming off one of the strongest games in recent memory.

NOT 100% SURE

Berry still isn't 100% sure who will come off the roster to make room for Stegall, since he wants to be sure Terrence Edwards, who returned to practice yesterday after dealing with some "bumps and bruises," is good to go.

Edwards declared himself fit to play yesterday and if that's the case, Kerry Johnson (20 catches, 152 yards) is expected to draw the short straw.

Although the receiving corps came up big in a win over the Calgary Stampeders, facing the Argos defence is always a challenge.

"Their defence is always up there near the top," said Edwards. "They just have a unique defence that you don't see every week. They've had the same guys the past four or five years and they know each other well and know what the other guy is doing without even communicating.

"We're going to go out there and execute the game plan. Hopefully, we play as well as we did last week."

Defensive back Anthony Malbrough was back in action yesterday and is expected to play Friday night, though safety Greg Bearman (hamstring) won't suit up and will be replaced by Marc Beswick.

MORE WORK: After watching Obby Khan get on the field for 12 snaps in his 2008 debut, Berry said he was committed to getting the offensive lineman more involved on Friday.

"I'm not ready to commit a whole game to him, but I think he's ready to take on a little bit more," said Berry.

Berry also praised the work of Matt O'Meara, who has been filling in on the offensive line.

"We're talking about another guy that is very good athletically and has got a great attitude about being an offensive lineman and what it takes ," said Berry. "He's smart and doesn't make any mental mistakes."


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