Russ Michna's parents and 17-year-old sister are driving up from the U.S. to watch the Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Saturday night at Canad Inns Stadium.
They will be one sore thumb -- or any other injury -- from seeing their son and brother under centre for the Blue and Gold.
Bombers head coach Jim Daley announced yesterday that No. 1 quarterback Kevin Glenn, who hurt his thumb last Saturday in Calgary, is almost certain to start for the Bombers (1-6) against the Tabbies (0-6).
The coach also revealed, however, that Michna, the left-handed rookie, has been moved into the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, bumping Tee Martin down to No. 3.
POISE AND PRODUCTION
"In terms of limited exposure we've had to the other quarterbacks, Russ has demonstrated a poise and a production," Daley said. "In all three instances they were in the fourth quarter.
"We are optimistic that that production could still be as evident if it was earlier in a game."
While touting Michna yesterday, Daley continued to let it be known that he and his staff were happy with Martin's relief appearance on Saturday against the Stampeders.
If Bomber receivers hadn't dropped five of Martin's passes, Daley said, he wouldn't have looked as bad as he did.
"A veteran would have trouble if we're gonna drop five balls," Daley said. "When Tee went in, he looked good. He looked real good.
"The difference is, and it's why Russ will be No. 2 this week, is even though Tee looked good, when Russ went in he looked good and there was production.
"And he benefited from balls being caught."
Michna, who was on the St. Louis Rams practice roster last season, has obviously been through an NFL media training session or two. The 24-year-old Illinois native said his promotion is no big deal.
"It's not any different as far as I'm concerned," Michna said. "Before I was two plays away (from playing), now I'm one."
And he noted that his family's journey to Manitoba was planned all along.
"They're excited, so we'll see," he said.
Michna described the last three months of his life as "a whirlwind." The Rams cut him just after the NFL draft, which he didn't see coming, and he signed with the Bombers just a month later.
'GOING PRETTY WELL'
"The way I ended up here, I wasn't too excited about," Michna said. "... I kinda wasn't expecting that whole thing to happen."
He's turned a negative into a positive rather quickly.
"I guess it's going pretty well," he said.
Glenn, meanwhile, had some serious pop on his passes yesterday at practice. He still had his hand wrapped in ice after the workout, but he's confident he'll be taking the snaps on Saturday.
"I'm trying to work the soreness out," Glenn said prior to practice. "We'll see what happens."