Looking good to go

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

He may not be A-OK just yet but Kevin Glenn looked good to go yesterday.

Winnipeg's pocket rocket-launcher tested his sprained ankle for the first time at practice this week and is determined to take the first snap from centre when the Blue Bombers take on the Argonauts in Sunday's East semifinal in Toronto.

"I don't think anything can keep me out on Sunday, honestly," Glenn said following the workout. "But we'll have to see. I didn't push it (yesterday). Maybe I'll go out (today) and push it a little more and see if it doesn't feel right. It's just one of those things we'll have to take day by day."

But Glenn, 27, desperately wants to take that giant leap as a first-time starter in the CFL playoffs. He wants to play "very badly.

"I mean, these kinds of opportunities don't come around all the time so, you have to take advantage of them when they're in front of you."

Both Glenn and the Bomber coaches were careful not to push the ankle too much yesterday, not wishing to aggravate the injury.

"I'm not 100% but I'm pretty optimistic," said head mentor Doug Berry. "There is no next game on our schedule if we don't win this one. So, you leave nothing behind. But again, you've got to be able to execute and if he's capable, I think he'll do it."

Although Glenn had vowed to play just after suffering the injury in Vancouver, he admitted there were "a lot of emotions involved at that time.

"But I wouldn't have said it if I didn't have it in my heart that I was going to go out and try to do it," said the 5-foot-10, 201-pound pivot. "That competitive athlete comes out of you in these kinds of situations so, as the week goes on, I'll start pushing more and more. But right now, it feels all right.

"There wasn't anything I couldn't do. But I will say that practices are different than games. But when you get into the game, the adrenaline starts to go, you put it into the back of your mind and don't even think about it."

Just seeing the guy who led the team into the playoffs on the practice field should give his teammates a lift.

"They're believing, right now, that he's showing the durability and toughness that's necessary to go out and compete in a big game like this and I believe they are appreciative of that," Berry said. "I know I am and I think they're ready to perform to their best in order to help him."

But Glenn downplayed the importance of his role.

"I'm not the saving grace of anything," said Glenn, who was 9-5 in games he started and finished. "I'm out here to put my team into a position to win. I put the ball in the position for them to win and these guys go out and make plays so, I don't consider myself a saving grace at all."

Glenn, who missed about four games, completed 249 of 430 passes (57.9%) for 3,427 yards and 17 touchdowns, with 13 interceptions this season.

Although Glenn is not taking any sort of painkillers, he may be willing to take a cortisone shot before the game if deemed necessary.


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