Letter may get Hebert across line

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are hoping a letter from Kyries Hebert's wife will help get the linebacker into Canada.

Hebert's wife, Kristina, has written a letter of recommendation for her husband. She sent the letter to the Bombers, who forwarded it to Canadian Justice Minister and Manitoba MP Vic Toews.

The letter is crucial, considering Hebert is being kept out of the country because of a domestic dispute he had with his wife in January.

A Canadian customs official refused Hebert entry into the country on Monday because he felt Hebert is a risk to re-offend.

APPEAL PROCESS

"It was a well written letter, so if that doesn't help, nothing will," said Bombers GM Brendan Taman.

The Bombers have an immigration lawyer trying to speed up the appeal process, which is also being done through the Canadian consulate in Los Angeles.

Hebert, meanwhile, is waiting at a hotel in Grand Forks, N.D. Taman said he should know later today if the appeal process is going to take hours, days, weeks or months.

If it's going to take weeks or months, Taman will tell Hebert to return home to Texas.

"I still think we'll get him in, but I don't know if it's going to happen that quick," said Taman. "... The letter from the wife I'm sure will help as well, but it's sort of out of our hands."

NEAR SWEEP: Bomber QB Kevin Glenn, LB Barrin Simpson and DE Tom Canada have all been named CFL players of the week following Winnipeg's 46-10 thrashing of the Edmonton Eskimos on Canada Day.

Glenn is the offensive player of the week after throwing for three touchdowns and 368 yards in just three quarters.

Glenn, who still has many critics, was asked if he was going to rub the award in anyone's face.

"I'm not like that. I'm never like that," said Glenn. "Probably the only person I want to mail it to is Milt (Stegall). He beat me out on a couple awards last year (when) I could have gotten player of the week."

Simpson is the defensive player of the week, while Canada was named top lineman.

The only non-Bomber to win a weekly award was Calgary Stampeders placekicker Sandro DeAngelis, who was the top special teamer.

Bomber OLs Obby Khan (for the second straight week) and Val St. Germain were runners-up for lineman of the week.

LATE HITS: The Bombers and CJOB have extended their radio broadcast rights agreement through 2011 ... Despite attracting fewer than 24,000 fans to the Canada Day game, attendance at Bomber games is up more than 10% this season compared to the same time last year.


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