QB to have surgery

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

Kevin Glenn is going under the knife and could miss up to a month of action.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers No. 1 quarterback had tests done on his left knee yesterday afternoon, and it was determined that he will have exploratory arthroscopic surgery on Thursday.

Glenn, who injured his knee in the first quarter of Friday's 26-11 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, is expected to be out for two to four weeks, but it all depends on what the surgeon finds.

The Bombers (5-3) host the B.C. Lions (5-3) on Thursday night, and then they have a bye. Their next game is Friday, Aug. 25, against the Toronto Argonauts, so Glenn could be back for that contest.

Mike Quinn will make his first CFL start for the Bombers on Thursday.

NICE CATCH: Bombers SB Milt Stegall, who won't play this week because of hairline fractures in two of his ribs, is thankful that he finally got X-rays done over the weekend.

"It's fortunate that we did that," Stegall said. "If I would have played this week, it could've caused a lot more damage than what it is right now.

"So thank God they decided to get that X-ray."

Bombers head coach Doug Berry isn't concerned that it took the club more than a week to determine the extent of Stegall's injury, which occurred July 28 in Hamilton.

"The thing is he didn't display any of the symptoms initially," Berry said. "It was just a soreness thing, and when you pressed here and there, he didn't give the 'Oooh!" or "Ouch!" kind of thing.

"So we just assumed initially that it was a muscle bruise and we were going to go from there. But the cracks are very, very small, so they should heal quickly."

Stegall hopes to play Aug. 25 against the Toronto Argonauts, but he won't suit up if he hasn't healed completely.

"This is not a normal injury," Stegall said. "This could be something serious that could affect you for a long time."

MAKING MOVES: Belton Johnson will make his Bomber debut at right tackle on Thursday night against the Lions, who, coincidentally, cut him at the end of training camp this year.

To make room for 6-foot-6, 304-pound Johnson, the Bombers are moving Mike Abou-Mechrek from right tackle to right guard and shifting Val St. Germain from right guard to left guard.

Aaron Fiacconi will go back to being the sixth O-lineman, and Winnipeg will be forced to start two Canadians, likely Jamie Stoddard and Arjei Franklin, in the receiving corps.

Import SB Henri Childs will come off the roster.


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