Glenn atones for error

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

He went from a goat to turning a teammate into a hero.

Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn redeemed himself for fumbling the football away in the waning moments of Thursday's CFL game against the Eskimos in Edmonton.

Nursing a 19-15 lead, Glenn carried the ball on third and short but eight yards later, was stripped of the pigskin. Edmonton defensive back Jonte Buhl returned it to the Winnipeg 20. Three plays later, Eskimo quarterback Ricky Ray completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to slotback Jason Tucker -- with just 15 ticks on the clock. The two-point convert gave Edmonton a 22-19 lead and what looked like certain victory.

But Glenn then completed the 100-yard TD toss to slotback Milt Stegall to snatch elation out of the jaws of depression and a 25-22 win.

"I'm glad that happened for Kevin because it would have been an awful burden he would have carried," said Blue Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "This is professional football and he was doing what everyone does and that's to compete at the highest level, to get as much as he could and I can't fault him for that. That's what I expect."

If Glenn had not fumbled, the Bombers could have killed the clock.

"They didn't get a good push and we got a good push and that bonehead crap had to happen on the fumble and they pick it up, run it back and score," he said. "So, you kind of go through this, 'Woulda, coulda, shoulda,' on the sidelines. But I said to myself, 'This is the CFL and anything can happen, we've just got to go out and take a chance.

"We could have just gone out there and hung our heads and did nothing. But we believe in each other. The offensive line gave me time to put it up and the great Stegall Beagle goes and gets it."

Meanwhile the Edmonton media was questioning why the Eskies were not in a prevent defence with the Bombers scrimmaging the ball at their own 10.

TACKLE COMING: The Bombers should have a new import tackle, believed to be former B.C. Lion Belton Johnson (6-foot-6, 310 pounds) in camp tomorrow. Johnson would be a possible replacement for import tackle Dan Goodspeed, who will have surgery for a torn ACL on Aug. 10 and is likely out for the season.

"We were sort of expecting it but Dan is one tough hombre and maybe near the end of the year, he can come back," said Bombers GM Brendan Taman.

Goodspeed, Winnipeg's best O-lineman this season, has been moved to the nine-week injury list.

NEW BLOOD: The Bombers finally welcomed non-import guard Carl Gourgues, another ex-Leo, to town earlier this week. After a week-long search, Taman found the 6-foot, 302-pound Laval product in Grand Forks, N.D. And no, he does not know if Gourgues, 26, was staying in the same hotel that Kyries Hebert was stuck in for a few days while trying to cross the border.

Although the Bombers were pleased with the performance of the O-line in Edmonton, Gourgues will add depth during the injury-induced absence of veteran O-lineman Matt Sheridan.


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