Bombers get a boost

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

Let the celebrations begin.

Blue Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn has recovered enough from a high ankle sprain to start against Montreal when the Alouettes come to Winnipeg this Friday.

"Right now, it would be very possible for him to start for us this weekend," Bomber head coach Jim Daley said yesterday.

And Glenn can't wait.

"I'm excited to be coming back," he said. "I'm just anxious to get back out on the field and try to help the team get a win."

For those who have been screaming for the Bombers to pull Tee Martin, who struggled as Glenn's fill-in for three games, the return will be most welcome. Under Martin, Winnipeg lost three straight to drop to 0-4 in the CFL West.

"We're trying to get wins as a team, not as individuals," said Glenn, the pitcher of record when Winnipeg lost its season-opener. "It won't be just me leading them to the Promised Land. Everybody contributes to a win, not just one person, and sometimes that gets misunderstood. It takes 12 guys out there working together, especially on offence, to produce a win.

"I want to put my team in a position to win and that's by getting the ball to the guys who make plays."

The Bombers will have an extra bounce in their step with their field general back at the helm.

"Any time you get the No. 1 guy back, yeah, it's going to give the team a bit of a boost," said receiver Wane McGarity. "But, in the same sense, we still have to go out there and execute as a whole. That's what we're still having problems with. We still have to execute better than we have the last couple of weeks but it will be helpful just for the experience back there."

Daley concurred.

"Any time you get your starting players back, especially your quarterback, there is a buoyancy or a boost to your team," he said, adding that he is not worried about Glenn re-injuring that ankle. "If there was (a concern), we would not put him back in this fast."

Martin realized that Glenn's return was a possibility and had no complaint, Daley said. Martin, who was apparently at a meeting during media availability, will be the backup with Russ Michna, No. 3. That means that QB Spergon Wynn will be moved to one list or another.

Daley, by the way, was asked if he would pull Glenn if he fails to perform Friday.

"You know my view on quarterback very well," he replied, referring to his insistence on keeping his starter in the game.

HASHMARKS: Looks like LB Willie Fells will replace LB Ryland Wickman (hyperextended elbow) on Friday. Fells took the most turns at MLB at yesterday's practice after Wickman returned from getting the elbow X-rayed ... DB Justin Coleman (foot), who sat out most of yesterday's workout, is unlikely to play and would likely be replaced by DB Stanford Samuels ... LB Ron Ockimey got a lot of work with the starting defence. Although LB Lamar McGriggs is recovering from a burner, he still participated in the full workout ... KR/RB Keith Stokes (charleyhorse) practised yesterday after sitting out Monday's session ... Both DE Antwone Young (knee) and LB Scott Mennie (concussion) also practised but are questionable for Friday ... Tom Wright's decision to remain as CFL commish was welcome news for the Bomber hierarchy, which has been a staunch supporter.


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