|Kevin Glenn says 'everything's cool' with his ankle and that he's ready to lead the Blue offence again. (Winnipeg Sun/C. Procaylo)
Kevin Glenn declared himself ready to return this Friday.
Now it is up to the Winnipeg Blue Bomber coaches to decide today whether their No. 1 signal-caller will even dress when the mighty Montreal Alouettes come to town.
"I'm ready to play," Glenn said after practising with the No. 1 offence for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain during the first game of the regular CFL season yesterday. "On my part, from my end, I made my decision. I went through treatment, I got it better and I'm ready to play."
Glenn, 26, tested that ankle while handling scout team during last week's practices.
"Everything's cool," he said. "It's (ankle) probably between 95 and 100%. It's feeling all right. I'm moving well and stuff."
Bomber GM Brendan Taman, however, said Glenn felt "a little sore" later. Glenn was not planning to lobby the coaching staff and if it decides it would be too risky to start him, then rookie Tee Martin would get his fourth straight start.
"If they decide that I'm going to play, then I'll play," Glenn said. "If they decide that Tee's going to play, then he goes out and plays. Or whomever."
And the coaches will be very careful in making that decision.
"Kevin has improved tremendously the last three weeks," said head coach Jim Daley. "Last week, he practised and he pushed himself pretty good, and there was no carry-over of swelling or pain."
Daley wanted to check to see if there was any swelling this morning before making a decision.
"Kevin may be healthy enough to play; he may be healthy enough to be the backup; he may be healthy enough to start," he said. "He may not be healthy enough to do any of those.
"Sometimes, it takes more than one practice to get your timing back, your groove back, your sharpness back. Physically, we've got to see how his leg responds and we also have to see where he is in terms of sharpness and execution."
But Glenn wants to play. Badly.
"If you've been sitting on the sidelines for three games, you'd want to get out and play, too," he conceded. "Everyone wants to play but, at this position, only one guy can play so, you just wait your turn.
"It's always frustrating to watch when you're losing, regardless of whether you want to play or don't play or you're not playing. When you're team is losing, it's frustrating."
Glenn, however, pays no heed to fans longing for his return in the wake of Martin's woes.
"I don't get caught up in that kind of stuff," he said. "I just go out and try to handle my business. It's not that Tee hasn't been successful, we haven't been successful. We're a team. The offence hasn't been successful. We haven't scored a touchdown in two games and it may have been nine quarters. So, that's something, as an offence, we've got to do better and put the ball in the end zone ... That type of thing is something we're going to concentrate on this week."
Glenn is correct. Winnipeg's last offensive TD came in the third quarter of Winnipeg's second game.