Sheridan may be lost for the season

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

Matt Sheridan would love to rub some dirt on his sore knee and get back in the game.

Indications are that won't be the case.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers left guard -- and the team's top offensive lineman last season -- injured his left knee in the second quarter of Friday night's 41-39 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

No one wanted to speculate on the record yesterday, but it's believed Sheridan tore his anterior cruciate ligament -- the one you don't want to tear -- and will be lost for the remainder of the season.

Tests will be done as soon as possible, but Bombers head coach Jim Daley said Sheridan's injury is of a "serious nature."

"I kind of went down over top of (quarterback) Kevin (Glenn) and felt something pop. It didn't feel quite right," Sheridan said. "I've got good range of motion and can still move pretty well on it.

"So even if there is an injury, if it's possible to put a support or a brace on it or something and then give it a shot, that would be my preferred course right now.

"Especially with Labour Day coming up. You don't want to miss that."

Daley's comments make it sound like Sheridan won't be suiting up against the Roughriders next Sunday in Regina.

"Dan (Gyetvai) had a very good performance filling in, so certainly he will start, and Cory Annett will come on the roster as the sixth (O-lineman)," Daley said.

SB Darnell McDonald, who had five catches for 68 yards in his Bomber debut Friday night, has a hand injury that will require tests.

WESTWOOD'S WOES: Bombers PK Troy Westwood has made just three of 10 field goal tries from 40-plus yards this season, including misses from 46 and 44 against the Ticats.

Daley said he has no plans to have P Jon Ryan replace Westwood on long attempts, nor does he have designs on bringing in a new kicker -- yet.

"We have not talked about doing that," Daley said. "Whether we'd consider that down the line, you never would say no, I guess, but we have not."

Daley said Westwood's success rate from 40-plus yards should be about 65%.

"We don't want to go long like this," Daley said. "We want him to get it corrected, and hopefully that'll occur fast.

"... It's very important. Those points catch up with you, as they did (Friday) night."

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