Glenn's shoulder a touchy subject

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

Just what Winnipeg football fans were waiting for -- another soap opera starring a quarterback and his sore throwing shoulder.

This time, instead of Khari Jones, it's Kevin Glenn, who didn't do much in practice this week, but was very nimble in side-stepping questions yesterday.

"I know what you're going to ask me about," Glenn began, as reporters approached him. "And it's not going to be about football."

Wait a minute. Since when is the health of the starting quarterback not about football?

Besides, everybody saw Glenn talking to Blue Bombers trainer Ross Hodgkinson during yesterday's practice.

"I can't talk to the trainer without something being wrong?" Glenn asked, clearly enjoying The Great Shoulder Caper, Part II.

It didn't take long, though, for Glenn to warm up to the topic.

Yes, he still has some pain from a hit he took against the Lions in Vancouver last weekend. But no, it wasn't enough to keep him from starting in a critical game against Hamilton here tomorrow.

"Sometimes you've got to fight through pain," he said. "It's part of being a professional."

At 6-9, the Bombers can ill afford a loss if they want to make the playoffs. They trail Saskatchewan and Edmonton by two points in the West, Hamilton by one point in a possible cross-over scenario in the East.

A LITTLE EXTRA: At least two members of the Winnipeg defence won't have any trouble getting fired up for the Tabbies.

Linebacker Ryland Wickman returns after missing four games with a shoulder injury, while defensive back Stephen Fisher faces his former team for the first time since leaving Hamilton last year.

"I'm ready to go hit some people again," Wickman said. "I've been missing that adrenaline rush."

Fisher, who'll start at halfback, will try to make his mark against the team he played for the last two years.

"It's going to be a great little reunion," Fisher said. "I don't need any extra motivation. I can't wait to get on the field."

Fisher takes the place of rookie Markese Fitzgerald, while Wickman is replacing the injured Terry Ray.

As expected, safety Wes Lysack will make his first start after being acquired in the Khari Jones trade.

Receiver Kamau Peterson remains sidelined.


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