Milt Stegall was at his evasive best yesterday.
And when Turtle Man is trying to be funny instead of answering questions, it's usually not a good sign for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
It appears the Hall of Fame slotback will miss tomorrow's critical contest against the Montreal Alouettes due to pain in his surgically repaired knee.
Stegall returned to the lineup last week against Toronto after missing the first five games of the season. He hasn't practised this week, but head coach Doug Berry said it will be a game-time decision.
Even though Berry told reporters yesterday Stegall had soreness in his knee, the 38-year-old cracked jokes instead of confirming he was feeling pain. He also dodged the question about how healthy his knee would've to be for him to play tomorrow.
"It's not going to be 100%," he said. "It wasn't 100% before. It's not going to be 100% again. It's not going to happen.
"... I don't let things like that frustrate me. Letting it frustrate me, is that going to help me out any? Not one bit. So no, I don't let it frustrate me."
MAKING MOVES: The news isn't as good for slotback Terrence Edwards, who'll miss tomorrow night's contest with bruised ribs. Casey McGahee, who is expected to return a few kicks in his CFL debut, will take Edwards' roster spot.
Kyle Koch will come back to the right guard position, taking Darryl Conrad off the roster, while Greg Bearman and Pierre-Luc Labbe return and take the spots of Marc Beswick and Anthony Maggiacomo.
If Stegall can't suit up, Kerry Johnson will return after sitting out last week's game.
BIG KIDS: Bombers offensive lineman Obby Khan and Dan Goodspeed created the After School Club last year, and membership is soaring these days with the team struggling.
The After School Club gives O-linemen (and fullbacks, if they wish) a chance to do some extra work after practice but without the coaches yelling and screaming at them.
"We gotta get better, so the only way to get better is to stay after school," Khan said. "It's not detention, because it's all volunteer."
HEBERT UPDATE: Bomber fans shouldn't expect to see Kyries Hebert back in Winnipeg anytime soon.
The team's safety in 2006 and 2007 is trying out for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, and has plans on sticking.
"I'm not going back," Hebert told bengals.com. "I don't do hopeful. I feel like I'm going to be here."
However, when Bengals defensive co-ordinator Mike Zimmer, who is apparently a big fan of tough love, heard that Hebert was once the CFL's highest-paid defensive player, he noted, "They must not be too careful about their spending up there."
BROKEN RECORD?: For the sixth and seventh times this season, the Bombers have helped players on the opposing team capture CFL player of the week awards.
This week it was a pair of Argos, defensive end Jonathan Brown (defensive) and returner Dominique Dorsey (special teams), earning unanimous nods thanks to a 19-11 win over the Blue and Gold.
Dorsey had 241 return yards, including a 94-yard touchdown, and Brown had two sacks and a tackle for a loss.
Also honoured were Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray (offensive) and Montreal slotback Ben Cahoon (Canadian).