Bumped up a notch with Stegall

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

TORONTO -- Everyone seems to be in agreement that the return of Milt Stegall tonight will only help the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The CFL's touchdown king missed the first five games of the season after undergoing knee surgery on May 2, and the Bombers fell to 10-29-1 overall without his services.

Argos head coach Rich Stubler couldn't stop heaping the praise on Turtle Man yesterday.

"If Milt played now in his prime he'd be 2,500 yards every year," Stubler said. "He'd break every record. But he played at a time when that wasn't the de rigueur of football."

"... He is in a class all by himself, and I don't think there's anybody that's close to him that I played against for as many years as he's played."

New Bombers starting quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie sure is glad No. 85 is coming back to the fold.

"Everybody knows how good Milt is, but he kind of makes other guys rise to the occasion, too," Dinwiddie said. "He makes those other guys around him play a lot better."

Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry said what he wants from Stegall tonight is simple.

"Show up, be in the huddle, and anything beyond that is bonus," Berry said.

SYMPATHY FOR THE STARTER: Argos quarterback Kerry Joseph has come to know Kevin Glenn over the years, and feels badly for his Bombers counterpart, relegated to backup status in favour of Dinwiddie.

"I'm a big supporter of him," Joseph said. "He started off, it was a little tough, but Kevin is a fighter. He's a battler. He's going to be there, and he's going to continue competing.

"Kevin's going to keep fighting, and nothing against Ryan, but before you know it Kevin is going to be back out on the field."

GAME PLANNING: The last time the Argos won a game, two weeks ago over Edmonton, it was Canadian receiver Tyler Scott who made key catches on the game-winning drive.

Winnipeg linebacker Ike Charlton said it's imperative the Bombers defence keeps players like Scott in check tonight.

"We can't let the role players on that team get comfortable and get excited thinking they can make plays all over the field," Charlton said. "We can't do that.

"Those guys like that, we gotta go hit them in the mouth and let them know, 'Not today.'"

DON'T BLINK: The Argos are going to be ready for Bombers running back Charles Roberts, even though he has struggled in the first five games.

"I don't know what their game plan will be," Stubler said. "Doug (Berry) always keeps me guessing when it comes to that. Some days he gives it to him 40 times against us, and sometimes he gives it to him four."

LATE HITS: It didn't affect his performance last week, but Dinwiddie has been playing with a sprained left pinky finger he sustained on July 11 ... The Argos have parted ways with a couple of players who have Manitoba ties. The Boatmen released safety Wayne Shaw, a Winnipeg native, and receiver Chad Rempel, who played for the Bombers in 2005 ... The Argos tonight will be without linebacker Kevin Eiben (knee) and receiver Bethel Johnson (ankle) ... The Bombers are 3-7 in their last 10 regular-season games at Rogers Centre. They did, however, beat the host Argos 19-9 in last year's East Final.


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