Edwards nurses injured ribs

DEREK JORY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

Back on the football field is exactly where receivers Terrence Edwards and Milt Stegall wanted to be yesterday and although that's where they were, the pair was sporting ball caps instead of helmets.

Edwards and Stegall both didn't practice again and they have yet to suit up this week as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers prepare to host the Montreal Alouettes Friday night.

A nagging rib injury is keeping Edwards, Winnipeg's second leading receiver, off the practice field this week. The 29-year-old, who also missed a few practices last week because of the injury, is in a lot of pain after he aggravated the injury against Toronto.

"It wasn't the best going into the game, but I tried to gut it out and play and the first play that I was into I got hit directly on the same spot again," said Edwards. "I don't know if it was that hit or just throughout the game, but I couldn't play any more in the second half."

Edwards added that his back is also "hurting pretty bad right now" and that he isn't likely to take the field this week if the pain doesn't ease up.

"It's still too early to know, I've still got a couple more days to gauge the pain level.But if it doesn't go down by (today), I'm probably not going to play.

"I want to be out there contributing, but all I can do right now is just go out there and help my teammates with anything I see that's going on and just try to be the best cheerleader I can be if I'm not able to play."

Coach Doug Berry concurred with Edwards' assessment of his situation saying the receiver is likely to miss the upcoming game.

As for Stegall, that's another story.

Despite not taking part in drills for the second consecutive day, Stegall said he feels fine. According to the CFL's all-time touchdown leader, his personal life is keeping him off the field.

"(Monday) I missed because my son was up all night so they saw me falling asleep in meetings so they gave me the day off," joked Stegall. "Then (Tuesday) night we finally got him to sleep so my wife decided we should get a babysitter and go out and enjoy ourselves. So we were out late and they saw me falling asleep again so they decided to give me another day off."

Stegall provided little legitimate insight to reporters about his injury. Even Berry was a tad puzzled as to why Stegall has been in sweatpants instead of pads.

"I thought he would be able to go out and do something today, but he didn't want to and didn't," said Berry. "I still believe he's day-to-day, so we'll see if he's capable of doing anything (today)."

What does all this mean for Winnipeg's once talent-packed receiving unit?

Receiver Kerry Johnson, who sat last week to make room for Stegall, will likely replace Edwards if he isn't good to go, while the Bombers will probably go with a Canadian receiver to fill Stegall's vacancy.

STATUS QUO: Berry said that offensive co-ordinator Kit Cartwright will continue to be the one calling the plays this week, although the head coach will be listening in.


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