QB Glenn doubts linger

Winnipeg Blue Bombers backup quarterback Mike Quinn could see the exit door soon after two poor...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers backup quarterback Mike Quinn could see the exit door soon after two poor performances in a row. (Winnipeg Sun File/Chris Procaylo)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

Forgive the Winnipeg coaches if they were chewing their nails to the quick over the weekend.

Although quarterback Kevin Glenn is expected to return from knee surgery to lead the Blue Bombers into Regina for the annual Labour Day Classic versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders this weekend, there remains an element of doubt.

"The first step is to see what Kevin's health is," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said yesterday.

The worse-case scenario is that Glenn still cannot play after three terrible outings by his backups in the last three contests, all losses.

"There's still three other guys here and we would have to go with the one that gives us the best chance to win in Saskatchewan," Taman said.

That, however, is unlikely to be Mike Quinn, the losing pivot in Winnipeg's last two matches. In fact, with the official NFL cutdown day coming tomorrow, Taman is on the lookout for another QB -- again.

"This is like Groundhog Day all over again," Taman said. "Did I miss something? Just revert to two weeks ago."

Two weeks ago, the Bombers were in a mad panic to improve their depth at the pivot position. They finally brought Ryan Dinwiddie to town and sent Russ Michna packing. Speculation around town is that Quinn could soon follow Michna.

Dinwiddie dressed but did not play a down during the 18-15 loss to Toronto on Friday while Brad Banks replaced Quinn on what turned out to be Winnipeg's last offensive play of the game.

Some NFL cuts could become available as soon as today.

"It's a very important position and we always have to be on the lookout," said Taman, adding that Darnell Kennedy remains a possibility because he has CFL experience. "I just want a guy who can help us win games."

Although there is also speculation that Hamilton is looking to deal quarterback Jason Maas, the Tiger-Cats have not called Taman -- yet.

Glenn, meanwhile, will test his knee when the team returns to practice tomorrow.

"This is what me and the training staff have been pushing for, that's (Labour Day) the goal," Glenn said. "I just want to get back for the simple fact that I'm a competitor, and I want to get back on the field. Even if we were winning after I went out, I still would want to get back on the field."

Bombers head coach Doug Berry sure hopes to get his No. 1 gun back in time for this showdown.

"Everybody will be looking forward to getting him back, not only for his physical performance but for the leadership that we expect when he does come back," he said.


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