Quinn to get spin

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

They are sure hoping that this Quinn will be mighty when he makes his first CFL start this week.

Backup quarterback Mike Quinn, who has been out of action for three weeks due to injury (sternum), will start for the Blue Bombers when Winnipeg plays host to the B.C. Lions in a CFL contest this Thursday, head coach Doug Berry confirmed yesterday.

Quinn will replace Kevin Glenn, who suffered a knee injury early in Friday's loss to Hamilton. Glenn will undergo further evaluation today. If no structural damage is detected, he may dress Thursday.

"It's been a few weeks since I've been out there with the injury and all but I'm looking forward to the challenge it presents," Quinn said. "I'm looking forward to getting out there to play with these guys.

"You can't choose the way opportunities come. It's presented itself in this way and it's a shame that Kevin got hurt. After three weeks, I'm going in there to play and that's the way it is. I'm trying to make the most of it and get a win this week."

In limited action this season, Quinn has completed seven of 10 passes for 116 yards and one touchdown.

"Mike had a good day," Berry said. "I was looking for, not so much his accuracy, but the way he was finishing plays and feeling solid about himself. He practised well."

But Quinn will likely be rusty in the early going as he will only have had three days to work on his timing with the receivers.

"It's not like he's been out for a year or six weeks or anything like that," Berry said. "It's been three weeks and mentally he's been in it and he started throwing a little bit last week. So it's just a matter of fine-tuning of the longer balls and stuff like that."

Although the 6-foot-3, 218-pound Stephen F. Austin product is more of a standup pocket passer than Glenn, the Bombers will not make any major adjustments to their offensive plans.

'ADJUSTMENT'

"They may change some of the stuff that they call," said Quinn, 32. "I'm not the runner that he is so I don't know how much they're going to limit me in that. But I'll be running the same stuff."

This will be the fourth quarterback at the helm in Winnipeg's last two games.

"Any time you deal with a quarterback change, there's going to be an adjustment," said slotback Andrae Thurman. "Mike's a wily veteran and has a veteran poise about himself and when he's in the huddle, he's got complete control.

"He's got that veteran leadership that, at times, I think we lack a little bit, especially with Milt Stegall (ribs) out. Then we look to veteran leadership and Mike Quinn brings that to the table."

Stegall will miss his second straight game after learning yesterday he has cracked ribs .

Quinn, who spent one week on Montreal's practice roster last season, is already excited about starting Thursday.

"I'm trying to keep it in perspective, just concentrating on working this week and getting in synch with the receivers again and getting comfortable being out there," he said. "I'm sure I'll be a little nervous. It's to be expected, I think. I'm going to be more anxious to get out there and try to get things rolling."


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