QB situation bleak for Blue

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

Desperate QB times could call for some desperate QB measures.

Not only have the Blue Bombers sent an SOS for emergency relief at quarterback for the short term but there is also some concern about long term.

Winnipeg starter Kevin Glenn underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday and he could be out of action for as long as four weeks.

Backup quarterback Mike Quinn made his first CFL start Thursday but played one of the worst games seen since the T.J. Rubley years here in the blowout to B.C.; Brad Banks was unproductive in the second half of the game against Hamilton the week before; and Russ Michna seems to have lost whatever he once had.

'GOD HELP KEVIN'

"We're in a desperate situation, quite honestly," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said from Baltimore, where he was scouting NFL camps, yesterday. "God help Kevin, I sure hope he comes back soon. When you lose your starting quarterback, you're in trouble.

"And it's a knee injury so that really scares me for our future, especially when the guys behind him are, well, struggling."

Taman is seeking another quarterback and such names as former Montreal quarterback Ted White, Tee Martin, Darnell Kennedy, Doug Flutie and even Khari Jones have been brought up. Taman would also be willing to make a trade and speculation is that the Bombers would be interested in acquiring the rights of Casey Printers from B.C., should he fail his NFL tryout. Then there are such backups as Calgary's Danny McManus, Saskatchewan's Marcus Crandell and Montreal's Nealon Greene.

"It's got to be someone who can fit into (head coach Doug Berry's) system or someone with CFL experience," Taman said. "But he also has to be worth a (crap). We need someone who can come in and give us a chance to win.

"There's not a lot of guys out there who can do that. Toronto just brought Michael Bishop (AFL) back and they tried to sign Flutie (with Damon Allen injured) so, what does that tell you about who's available? Maybe we could make Flutie and his brother (Darren) an offer. We need someone who's going to give us some life, a boost. It's very worrisome."

Berry does not expect Glenn to return in time for the club's next match, to be held in Winnipeg against the Argos on Aug. 25 and he is doubtful to dress for the Labour Day Classic in Regina. Either Quinn or Banks will likely start the next match, Berry said.

Glenn, by the way, limped into the clubhouse with his left knee heavily taped yesterday.

"I feel good," he said. "Everything went well and we'll play it from here. I don't want to get into that two weeks, three weeks, four weeks type of thing. We'll just see how it goes and go from there.

"They basically just cleaned it out. There was some little rupture stuff in there so, they cleaned it out and so it's good now. So, we'll get back to rehabbing and get back to playing."

Glenn, who led Winnipeg to a 5-2 record, played down how much he has already been missed.

"I don't think one guy makes or breaks this team," he said. "We just have to go out on defence and on offence and make plays. That's part of the game and I'm just trying to get back on the field to make plays."


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