Doug Berry's face was grim.
His words were even worse.
Berry announced yesterday that both quarterback Kevin Glenn and slotback Milt Stegall are unlikely to play Thursday night when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-3) take on the B.C. Lions (5-3) at Canad Inns Stadium.
Glenn suffered a left knee injury during Friday's 26-11 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the Stadium, but Stegall, who sat out the game with a rib injury, was expected to be back this week.
Stegall, however, isn't healing as quickly as expected, and Bombers GM Brendan Taman wouldn't rule out the possibility that Stegall could have cracked ribs.
The Bombers medical staff figured Stegall had a cartilage problem with his ribs after taking a hit from Ticats defensive back Tay Cody on July 28, so X-rays were not taken last week.
It's presumed Stegall will now have X-rays done today or tomorrow.
"He's still tender, so he's going to be another guy who potentially is doubtful for this week," Berry said.
Glenn was "limping pretty good" yesterday, Taman said, and is believed to have strained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Glenn is being evaluated further, and more will be known about his condition today when the Bombers return to the practice field.
Berry said his team suffered no other significant injuries Friday night, which is probably a good thing considering running back Charles Roberts and defensive tackle Ron Warner both had to be tended to during the game.
If Glenn can't play Thursday, Berry said No. 2 pivot Mike Quinn should be ready for his first CFL start. Quinn has missed the last three weeks with a sternum/clavicle injury in his non-throwing shoulder.
"Mike should be ready to practise," Berry said. "Mike would be the No. 1 quarterback if Kevin is not ready.
"The time that Mike's been in there he's done well. He's completed seven out of 10 ... and thrown a touchdown pass. He's moved the team, so I feel comfortable with Mike going in there right now.
"He's a smart guy, he's experienced, and I think he's healthy, so we'll give him a shot."
'TAKE THE LOAD OFF'
If Quinn can't suit up, Berry said No. 3 quarterback Brad Banks will get the start.
The Bombers mustered a season-low 153 yards of total offence with Banks primarily at the controls Friday night, but Berry wasn't about to lay the blame on the quarterback.
"You want other guys to step up and take some of the load off them, and I don't think we played as well as we could have on the offensive line, and our receivers I don't think played as well as (they) could have," Berry said.
"We ran some wrong routes, we didn't run a couple at the right depth, we dropped a couple of balls -- more than a couple -- so it's more than just the quarterback."
Wide receiver Chris Brazzell dropped three passes against the Ticats, and he felt the game's outcome could have been different.
"There were definitely some plays out there that we could've made that would have put us in position to score," he said.
The Bombers aren't the only team worried about its starting quarterback. Lions pivot Dave Dickenson sprained his ankle in Friday's win over the Edmonton Eskimos, and his status won't be known until today or tomorrow.
Dickenson would be replaced by backup Buck Pierce if he's unable to play.