Injury keeps QB in town for bye

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Kevin Glenn was going to go home to Detroit for the bye week.

Instead, he'll be stuck in Winnipeg doing rehab on his surgically repaired knee.

"So that kind of sucks, but you gotta do what you gotta do to get back on the field," the Winnipeg Blue Bombers No. 1 quarterback said yesterday.

Glenn will have arthroscopic knee surgery tomorrow. The surgeon will repair the cartilage in his left knee that was torn when he was sacked by Hamilton Tiger-Cats safety Wayne Shaw last Friday night.

Glenn might need only two weeks to heal, or he could be out for up to four weeks.

"It depends on the swelling and all that other good stuff. You can't tell right now," he said. "You basically only can have the surgery, and then from there, the progress that you make with the rehab will tell you when you'll be back, so I'm going to go real hard."

Bombers No. 2 pivot Mike Quinn will make his first CFL start tomorrow against the B.C. Lions at Canad Inns Stadium (7 p.m.) in a battle of 5-3 teams.

"I'm just tremendously disappointed that we're not having (Glenn) right now," Bombers head coach Doug Berry said. "But now we turn around and start to develop a faith in Mike."

THE BUCK STOPS HERE: It appears that tomorrow night's game will be the Backup Bowl, as Lions No. 2 pivot Buck Pierce is expected to start in place of Dave Dickenson, who has an ankle injury.

"(Pierce) is a different athlete than Dave Dickenson is, but he's still a very accurate thrower, probably runs a little bit better than Dave," Berry said. "He's a physical quarterback. He's a lot like Dave; he doesn't like to slide.

"He's going to try to get that extra two, three, four, five yards every time he does scramble with the ball."

ON GUARD: Winnipeg's other roster move this week will be OL Belton Johnson in for WR Henri Childs.

Johnson will play right tackle against the Lions, who cut him just before the season, and Berry is hoping he will be able to stop B.C. defensive ends Brent Johnson and Chris Wilson from getting to Quinn, who is primarily a pocket passer.

"Belton should know some of their moves already," Berry said.

FOCUS: Berry noted his team has had a solid week of practice, even though an eight-day vacation looms for the players after tomorrow night's game.

"They know what time they're leaving -- and not before," he said. "We had to have attention this week, and we did."

GRIDIRON BITS: The Toronto Argos released 1,000-yard receiver Robert Baker yesterday, but the Bombers aren't interested -- for now, anyway. GM Brendan Taman said Winnipeg might go after him down the road. That likely depends on how quickly SB Milt Stegall's ribs heal ... The Bombers released CB William Fields yesterday. Fields started all 18 games for the Blue and Gold last season.


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