Martin calls in sick

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

For a fleeting moment yesterday, it appeared the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterbacking plot was about to thicken.

Oddly enough, it had nothing to do with starter Kevin Glenn or recently-named No. 2 man Russ Michna.

There were only three quarterbacks in uniform during yesterday's practice and the individual that was missing was Tee Martin, who had been demoted to third on the depth chart a day earlier.

Had the highly-touted pivot from the University of Tennessee been dealt to another CFL club?

Or even worse, had he been released?

Neither option seemed viable, especially since head coach Jim Daley went out of his way on both Tuesday and Wednesday to say that Martin played well enough in Saturday's 30-21 loss to the Calgary Stampeders and was the victim of five dropped balls by Blue Bombers receivers.

Before speculation was rampant, word was relayed that Martin was sick.

"He called this morning and said he had the flu, a virus or something," said Daley, noting he expected Martin to be back at practice today.

Glenn's sprained right thumb didn't appear to bother him during practice yesterday and he is poised to start tomorrow's game against the winless Tiger-Cats.

"It's doing fine," said Glenn. "It's still a little sore, but that's how it's going to be. I've been able to throw the football, that was the big thing. I can tell that it's progressed."

The third quarterback on the field, Spurgeon Wynn, created quite a scene in the locker-room by stretching out in front of his locker and catching some shut-eye shortly after practice came to an end.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Daley announced a couple of changes yesterday but admitted the roster wasn't quite final.

What is certain is that newly-acquired slotback Chris Brazzell will be starting and taking the roster spot of linebacker Willie Fells.

The other deletion is receiver Kamau Peterson, who was traded to Hamilton on Monday for Brazzell and will be replaced on the roster by either non-import linebacker Scott Mennie or non-import defensive lineman Martin Lapostolle.

Darnell McDonald could replace Vinny Sutherland at wide receiver but Daley is unsure if McDonald is game-ready.

SAMUELS TO START: Stanford Samuels makes his first start of the season at defensive halfback and Brad Franklin moves to dime-back.

"The hardest position to play in defence for us is dime, but Stanford sort of forced us to make it," said Daley. "His play, his confidence and his understanding of the Canadian game has gotten better every week. He put us in position to make sure he's on the field for every snap, rather than 80% of them. Brad's natural position is corner and he has looked good in practice there this week. Brad gives us some flexibility with being able to use him inside or outside."

PET FOOD: As part of a Winnipeg Humane Society food drive, all fans attending tomorrow's game between the Blue Bombers and Tiger-Cats are encouraged to bring a can of pet food. Those items can be left at any gate at Canad Inns Stadium.

The Winnipeg Humane Society is experiencing a shortage of wet pet food and those who donate will be entered to win a host of prizes courtesy of The Winnipeg Sun and the Humane Society.


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