Healthy Hank at helm vs. Als

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

A day after a whipping in Winnipeg, Tom Higgins reaffirmed his decision to sit Henry Burris but then confirmed No. 1 will be back in action next week.

"Henry Burris is healthy today," Higgins said.

"I couldn't have told you that if he played a football game. A lot of people didn't think he was actually hurt. His shoulder was sore after playing (last week against Winnipeg at home), and if it were a longer week, maybe he would have played."

The 27-13 loss to the Blue Bombers in which backup Ben Sankey took every snap at quarterback continued a troubling trend in 2007.

They haven't won on the road when they've taken a airplane, and the offence is lifeless without Burris playing.

Burris will be back Saturday when the Montreal Alouettes visit for the final game this season at McMahon Stadium.

The Stamps finish up in Vancouver the following week, and Burris will try to regain the form he showed against the Bombers a week ago.

No amount of soreness from a dislocated left shoulder suffered a month ago in Hamilton will keep him out now.

"I want to make sure we got into the post-season with some momentum," Burris said. "We'll see what's up for next week. I don't care how sore I am, I will still work my butt off to go."

Higgins made the decision to sit Burris despite his club still a win away from clinching a playoff berth.

The coach didn't panic about securing at least third spot, but the loss gave Saskatchewan second place, at minimum, in the West Division and ended any chance of Calgary hosting a post-season game.

"Part of the challenge is having a healthy quarterback," Higgins said. "You have to weigh your odds and away you go.

"I'm not a gambling person, but I would like to think it would be hard-pressed to not finish the way we anticipate. That's us in third, Saskatchewan in second and B.C. in first."

Following two playoff disappointments at McMahon the past two seasons, Higgins would almost rather take his chances on the road.


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