Glenn remains iffy, Blue backups ready

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

To be continued.

That's the current status of the ever-popular quarterbacking question that Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Jim Daley faces in the days leading up to Saturday's CFL game at Canad Inns Stadium against the winless Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-6).

Starter Kevin Glenn threw the football for the first time since spraining his right thumb in the second quarter of last Saturday's 30-21 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

"It feels alright, but it's still a little sore though," Glenn said after yesterday's practice. "I can't put a percentage on it. It's better than I thought and we'll see how it pans out for the rest of the week."

Prior to practice, Glenn was squeezing a small orange ball to improve his thumb's mobility.

"It's improved, (the swelling) is down a lot," said Glenn. "It's working OK."

During his daily media briefing, Daley indicated it was likely Glenn would start, health permitting, but he remains open to his other options -- Tee Martin and Russ Michna.

Could there come a time when Michna is considered regardless of Glenn's health?

"In our jobs, you consider everything and sometimes you consider more than you really should or can or want to," said Daley. "It's always a consideration, given the production that he had. That type of play does cause you to then think and consider, 'does he go up the depth chart?' and if so, how far? And as long as you're considering it, then it's a possibility."

As far as Glenn goes, the only concern is his injury, not his play at quarterback.

Jump to defence

Daley was quick to jump to the defence of Martin, who was at the controls for five of the seven dropped passes on Saturday, and continues to be impressed by how quickly Michna is adapting to the CFL game.

"You don't pick up the game unless you have intelligence, poise and you work at it," said Daley. "He studies, he works and obviously he has an intuitiveness about the position."

Michna, who was 10-of-17 for 139 yards in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns and no interceptions, said he was unaware that some fans are suggesting that he get the nod as the starter regardless of Glenn's health.

"I didn't know anything about that -- all I know is what goes on in this dressing room and what we do on that practice field," said Michna, noting he still expects to be No. 3 on the depth chart at quarterback this week. "I haven't picked up a newspaper, watched TV or done any of that. Every day you're competing out here but at the same time we're still here trying to win games. I'm trying to help (the other quarterbacks) any way I can."

As far as making the transition, Michna doesn't think his progression is a big deal.

"There's just a few little different concepts and techniques that people use, other than that it's not that different of a game," said Michna, noting you can "make a living" in the video room. "I've been here almost three months now. I don't think it's that fast of a learning curve, to be honest with you."


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