Brent's the best

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

There isn't a more talented defensive lineman in the league than B.C.'s Brent Johnson. Period. End of discussion.

The hulking Canadian can seemingly do anything.

Against Winnipeg on Thursday he had one sack, one fumble recovery and two interceptions.

"Brent put together a highlight film (on Thursday)," B.C. linebacker Javier Glatt told a Vancouver paper.

"I should change my number (from 6) to 66, I was blocking so much out there."

This came on the heels of a 16-yard TD catch against the Eskimos two weeks ago.

To put his season in perspective, Johnson leads the league in sacks, has as many touchdown catches (1) as Montreal receiver Ben Cahoon and has more interceptions (2) than nearly half the defensive backs in the league.

BRUTAL BOMBERS: Timing is everything for Winnipeg this week, as the club thankfully gets the week off. Backup quarterback Mike Quinn was brutal on Thursday, going 13-27 for 147 yards and four interceptions.

To be blunt, without starting pivot Kevin Glenn, who has a partial tear to an ACL, this team looks lost and nearly hopeless - and management seems to know it.

"We're in a desperate situation, quite honestly," Bombers GM Brendan Taman told the Winnipeg Sun. "God help Kevin; I sure hope he comes back soon."

Glenn won't be back for another three to four weeks.

After a 5-2 start, Winnipeg could be 5-6 after Labour Day.

BIZARRE, BUT TRUE: Saskatchewan receiver Corey Grant had a better punting average - 34 yards - than regular punter Luca Congi (28 yard average on seven boots) Friday. In a bizarre final offensive play against the Esks, Grant punted the ball down field.

SHORT HIT: Don Matthews has officially received a contract extension in Montreal to 2008. His deal was set to expire at the end of this season.

PARTING SHOT: If the league doesn't fine Carl Kidd this week, there is something really wrong. Kidd delivered an uppercut to Winnipeg's Adrian Baird on national TV Thursday. Granted, Baird didn't use his head by needlessly shoving kicker Paul McCallum after giving up a safety, but that doesn't mean Kidd can retaliate with his fist.


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