Khan ready to answer the call

DEREK JORY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

Ibrahim (Obby) Khan is ready to go, again, and believes that'll be the case for the rest of the season as his recent miseries are far behind him.

Khan, who missed the first four games of the season while recovering from numerous off-season surgeries, suited up and played a handful of downs last week against Calgary.

With another week of practice under his belt, the offensive lineman said yesterday he's ready for whatever coach Doug Berry throws his way.

"I think it'll be the same thing as what happened last week, get in and get my feet a little wet, then maybe work me in at centre or tackle, depending on how the game goes. Either way, I've got to be ready to go," Khan said.

Khan said with each passing practice his comfort level increases, as does the realization he's extremely close to getting back with the guys on the offensive line on a full-time basis.

"I'm weighing in at about 290 right now, so I'm only two or three pounds off of my normal playing weight. I feel good, my conditioning is good, my strength is good and I'm starting to see things happen, so I'm ready to go."

Stats can be deceiving, and Khan believes going up against Toronto's defence is going to be a battle this week, despite the Argos having been toyed with on a few occasions this season.

"They try to confuse you. They try to move guys all over the place, they try to look like they're blitzing seven guys and they'll only bring three, sometimes it looks like they're only bringing three and they'll bring seven or eight," Khan cautioned.

"They like to switch up their guys, switch up their alignments and they try to run a lot of confusion, but we've had a real good week of prepping for it and identifying what they do and we'll be fine. As long as we know what they're going to do before they do it, they don't stand a chance."

WELCOME BACK MILT:Berry confirmed yesterday that Milt Stegall will be in the lineup tomorrow.

Stegall's addition will come at the expense of Kerry Johnson, who had 20 receptions for 152 yards in the Bombers' first five games.

"They've all played very well and I told Kerry that sometimes you take somebody off the starting lineup because they're not playing well, this does not apply to you," said Berry.

Berry said simply having Stegall on the field is important for the team.

"I like having his presence in the huddle, I like his physical abilities on the field, I think that people are going to need to know that Milt is back and we'll try to help them realize that he is."

ANYTHING TO WIN: Never shy in front of a microphone, Stegall has been a busy man gabbing with reporters this week and he's not all that surprised by the attention.

"I've been around long enough to know that success breeds interviews," joked Stegall yesterday.

Nerves won't be a factor for the veteran in tomorrow's game -- he's ready to play and willing to do what it takes to help the Bombers get their first road win of the season.

"I told them they didn't have to put me back in my old position, wherever you want to put me, I don't want to mess up the rhythm that those guys started creating last week. I don't want to lose that momentum that they created last week, I just want to go out there and do whatever to help this team win.

"If it calls for me to be a decoy, be a blocker for Charlie to get some big runs, whatever it takes for me to help this team win."


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